Pitchers in the Astros alignment were K-happy this accomplished season. Thanks to a assembly of ability accoutrements and analytics-based advance plans, anniversary of Houston’s full-season accessory alliance affiliates led its corresponding alliance in strikeouts. So did their short-season and, best notably, their big-league club.
Given that he’d spent the aftermost six seasons as a baronial associate of Houston’s advanced office, I asked Mike Elias if that’s commodity that could maybe be replicated in Baltimore.
“We’re actual abundant acquisitive to carbon alike a affinity of that success here,” answered the Orioles Executive Carnality Admiral and General Manager. “The actuality that we accept (Assistant GM, Analytics) Sig Mejdal here, and Chris Holt, who was our abettor casting coordinator in Houston, makes me feel absolutely acceptable about our affairs of accomplishing so. There is a little bit of a abstruse booze abaft that. I’m not activity to explain it fully, but we had a abundant affairs there. We took a lot of time developing it, and we appetite to get it in abode actuality as well.”
Hoping to accumulate at atomic a little acumen into the abstruse sauce’s ingredients, I appropriate that both abstract and amateur development strategies are complex in the process.
“It’s a aggregate of both,” the Yale-educated exec acknowledged. “It’s the end aftereffect of accomplishing synergy amid those two departments, and with the R&D department. It took a lot of assignment — it wasn’t an brief affair — and the after-effects were appealing special. We did a acceptable job of accepting all of those functions on the above wavelength.”
Eric Longenhagen feels that Elias and aggregation accept their assignment cut out for them. Asked for his opinion, my aide opined that “the agency by which they’ve articular pitchers can be replicated, but apparently not with this affectionate of statistical ascendancy because added teams are on those types of players now, too. Houston was way out in front, like three years ago, and now those guys are 19-21.”
As for the pitchers currently in Orioles pipeline, none of the Baltimore affiliates accomplished bigger than average of the backpack in strikeouts. The big-league club came in third from the basal amid the 30 teams.
In Tuesday’s account with Brian Anderson, the Marlins’ third baseman/outfielder acerb appropriate that added home runs are in his future. He’s not abandoned in that belief. Don Mattingly, who knows a affair or two about hitting, absolutely expects it to happen.
“The ability is there,” the Miami administrator told me backward in the 2018 season. “He’s a guy that has hit for ability in the accessory leagues, and aback he learns to cull the brawl the appropriate way a little bit more, and gets that brawl in the air, that’s aback the home runs will alpha happening.”
The addition to the above account declared that Anderson’s relatively-low home run absolute was “partly the aftereffect of arena in pitcher-friendly Marlins Park.” In Mattingly’s opinion, that would authorize as an understatement.
“Our esplanade has apparently amount him seven or eight home runs,” estimated the above batting champion. “If he was arena in a altered place, he ability be a 20-guy appropriate now. He’s hit eight or 10 assurance that are out in apparently 60-70% of the ballparks we comedy in.”
RANDOM HITTER-PITCHER MATCHUPS
Rick Auerbach went 2 for 10 adjoin Ken Holtzman.
Jo Jo White went 6 for 32 adjoin Sam Jones.
Bill Russell went 2 or 7 adjoin Doug Bird.
Gus Williams went 4 for 15 adjoin Marty McHale.
Danny Ainge went 1 for 10 adjoin Dennis Leonard.
Lance Parrish went 2 for 18 adjoin Randy Johnson.
In a contempo Boston Globe article, Nick Cafardo listed the belief that can be used, per the aggregate acceding agreement, in an adjudication hearing. One affair in authentic jumped out at me:
“Statistics and abstracts generated through the use of achievement technology, wearable technology, or ‘STATCAST,’ whether about accessible or not, shall not be admissible.”
I accomplished out to a well-connected antecedent to ascertain why StatCast abstracts isn’t allowed. This is what I was told:
1) As MLB developed StatCast, they accept added advice at their fingertips than does the Players’ association. 2) At the time of the best contempo CBA (November 2016), some of the abstracts credibility were almost new, appropriately the sample admeasurement abaft them was bereft for them to use in bacon arbitration.
Orioles anticipation Cadyn Grenier met with the Baltimore media — castigation absolutely was on duke as able-bodied — during aftermost month’s Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. Grenier didn’t accept to biking far to do so. The 2018 second-round aces grew up, and still lives, in the Nevada city.
Asked if this was his aboriginal time accessory able baseball’s anniversary get-together, Grenier said that it was. He did so with a blow of humor, accompanied by some pertinent accomplishments information.
“They were actuality aback in 2008, but at that time I was like, ‘Why would I charge to go to the Winter Meetings?,” the 20-year-old said to laughter. “But it’s funny, because my dad formed for the Triple-A aggregation actuality for 15 years. He got his alpha by activity to the Winter Meetings in 1984 or 1985 — I anticipate they were in San Diego — and he got the job here.”
Mark Grenier went on to serve in altered positions with the Las Vegas 51s, including sales and Abettor GM. The angel didn’t abatement far from the tree. As the youngster put it, “I’ve been accepting a pro acquaintance my accomplished life, and now I’m a pro myself.”
According to Accessory Alliance Baseball Admiral Pat O’Connor — per an account with Baseball America — the locations for the abutting three Winter Meetings are, in order, San Diego, Dallas, Orlando.
The Detroit Tigers appear several promotions beforehand this week. Notable amid them were Jim Logue actuality called the Administrator of Baseball Analytics, while Drew Jordan, Maggie O’Hara, Shane Piesik and Danny Vargovick are now chief analysts.
Lenny Green, an outfielder for bristles teams from 1957-1968, died a anniversary ago today on his 86th birthday. A built-in of Detroit, Green played 700 of his 1,136 career amateur with the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins. Briefly a associate of the Tigers’ 1968 championship band — he appeared in aloof six amateur — Green reportedly accustomed a $200 World Series share.
The 2019 SABR Analytics Conference will be captivated in Phoenix from Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10. If you’re planning to appear and appetite to save money, aboriginal allotment ends tomorrow.
As best of you know, Ryan Thibodaux’s Ballot Tracker is an invaluable ability for Hall-of-Fame followers. Checking out the latest updates, it occurred to me that best voters who put a analysis mark abutting to Omar Vizquel’s name didn’t do the above with Scott Rolen’s, and carnality versa. Seemingly, it’s one or the other.
Wanting to apperceive if that’s absolutely the case, I arrested with in with Thibodaux, who anesthetized the catechism forth to the equally-resourceful Anthony Calamis. It turns out that my acceptance was appealing accurate. The breakdown is as follows:
55 ballots with Vizquel but not Rolen.
28 ballots with Rolen but not Vizquel.
Six ballots with both Rolen and Vizquel.
The voters who arrested off both names are Bob Kuenster, Bruce Miles, Mike Peticca, Adam Rubin, Bernie Wilson, and a aborigine who requested anonymity. There are additionally 79 accepted ballots which don’t accommodate either player.
Hall of Fame admiral Jeff Idelson acquaint a fun-and-informative agenda on amusing media beforehand this week. He admired “a abounding and accelerated recovery” to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, abacus that she’s “a fan of the bold and its amusing history (and has) been to Cooperstown abounding times.” Idelson said that he has alert accustomed her a bout of the museum.
Gift Ngoepe has active a accessory alliance accord with the Phillies. The built-in of South Africa is currently aggressive in the Australian Baseball Alliance area he has a 1.011 OPS in 30 amateur with the Sydney Blue Sox.
Barry Enright has been assassin as the casting drillmaster for the Hillsboro Hops, the short-season associate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Drafted by the D-Backs out of Pepperdine University in 2007, the now-32-year-old right-hander went on to angle genitalia of four big-league seasons, two anniversary with Arizona and the Los Angeles Angels. This Enright’s aboriginal apprenticeship job at the able level.
Mack Jenkins has been assassin as the casting drillmaster for the Hagerstown Suns, the Low-A associate of the Washington Nationals. A longtime associate of the Cincinnati Reds organization, Jenkins was the NL Central club’s casting drillmaster from July 2016 until April 2018. His resume includes six seasons as a accessory alliance casting coordinator.
Dominic Cotroneo, the son of Oakland A’s anchorperson Vince Cotroneo, has been called the new annual articulation of the High-A Salem Red Sox. Added contempo hires on the bush broadcasting advanced accommodate Trey Wilson by the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels, Garrett Mansfield by the Double-A Altoona Curve, Matt Present by the High-A Bottomward East Wood Ducks, and John Kocsis by the Low-A Hagerstown Suns.
When account bankrupt on Thursday that Yasmani Grandal would be signing with the Brewers, abounding bodies were surprised. They shouldn’t accept been. As David Stearns afresh acicular out, players appetite to comedy in Milwaukee.
“Over the aftermost two years, I’ve acquainted a change in our desirability,” the Brewers GM told a baby accumulation of reporters at the Winter Meetings. “Lorenzo Cain capital to appear actuality aftermost year. He’s a acceptable example. This year it’s absolutely been the case. A cardinal of players accept directed their assembly to ability out anon to us, to see if we’re a acceptable fit.”
Multiple factors go into a ”fit,” and they extend above carbon curve and positional needs.
“There are attributes that players accompany to a aggregation that aren’t quantifiable,” said Stearns. “We do our best to put a action about how we appraise those attributes — not aggregate can be above bottomward to a cardinal — and there’s additionally the ability we’ve created. The ability that Craig (Counsell) and his agents accept absolute in our adviser is a absolute one. The players accept fun and adore arena with anniversary other. You add acceptable to that, and this is an adorable abode to be appropriate now.”
When Stearns was assassin in September 2015, the Brewers were awkward adjoin the accomplishment band in a division that saw them go 68-94. In 2016 they went 73-89. In 2017 they bigger to 86-76. This accomplished year they won the NL Central with a almanac of 96-67.
Procuring quotes is a big allotment of my job actuality at FanGraphs. Actuality are a brace of somewhat arbitrary ones from conversations this accomplished summer.
Dino Ebel, who is currently apprenticeship with the Dodgers, said the afterward about the admeasurement of home runs and strikeouts in today’s game:
“I don’t anticipate there’s one being who goes up there thinking, ‘I’m activity to bang out or hit the brawl out of the park.’ They don’t anticipate that way. Aback it happens it happens. But it is accident added than usual.”
Itinerant right-hander Jesse Chavez explained why a advancement slider is generally an able pitch:
“It’s a altered affectionate of spin. It’s a little bit lazier, I’d say. You’re cat-and-mouse for it to appear down, and it never comes bottomward into the beat path. The hitter is anticipating commodity that doesn’t happen. He’s in that moment of, ‘All right, it’s coming, it’s coming… no it didn’t.”
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Alex Stumpf had some fun at Bucs Dugout, architecture a Pirates calendar out of the club’s coaches and appropriate assistants.
Jonny Miller, who has covered the Red Sox for WBZ Radio back the aboriginal 1970s, suffered a achievement enroute to Los Angeles for Bold 3 of aftermost year’s World Series. The Boston Globe’s Chad Finn wrote about how Miller is already on his way to Fort Myers for what will be his 45th bounce training.
The Braves accept accursed aloof administrator Brian Bridges and plan to go into the 2019 abstract after anyone in that position. Carlos Collazo has the adventure at Baseball America.
Writing for Forbes, Maury Brown delved into how bread-and-butter abstracts shows that MLB spent beneath on amateur salaries compared to revenues in 2018.
Over at SBNation, the admirable Grant Brisbee wrote about how it stinks to be a chargeless abettor additional baseman in 2019.
RANDOM FACTS AND STATS
Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson were adopted into the Hall of Fame on this date in 1982. Eleven approaching inductees, including Juan Marichal and Harmon Killebrew, bootless to accept acceptable support.
Carlton Fisk was an All-Star 11 times and won one Gold Glove. Gary Carter was an All-Star 11 times and won three Gold Gloves. Bill Freehan was an All-Star 11 times and won bristles Gold Gloves.
Ernie Banks (1,226) started added amateur as a aboriginal baseman than both Harmon Killebrew (930) and Willie Stargell (802).
Juan Pierre had added hits (2,217) than Joe DiMaggio (2,214) and added baseborn bases (614) than Maury Wills (586).
In 1976, Randy Jones fanned 93 batters in 315 innings and won the NL Cy Young award. Jim Palmer fanned 159 batters in 315 innings and won the AL Cy Young award.
Bruce Sutter had 300 saves, a 7.4 strikeout rate, and a 136 adapted ERA. Billy Wagner had 422 saves, an 11.9 strikeout rate, and a 187 adapted OPS.
In the 1960 and 1961 seasons combined, Roger Maris logged 300 hits, 100 of which were home runs. He had 155 singles, 34 doubles, and 11 triples.
Detroit Tigers left-hander John Hiller suffered a affection advance on January 11, 1971, at age 27. He alternate to the bank in July 1972 and went on to comedy eight added seasons. From 1973-1978, Hiller fabricated 312 appearances, had 58 wins and 100 saves, and acquaint a 2.45 ERA.
Ty Pickup, a 20-year-old outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1918, singled in his alone big-league bowl appearance.
Charles Dickens Bold addled out adjoin Hall of Famer Eddie Plank in his alone MLB bowl appearance. A built-in of Karlskrona, Sweden, Bold got his cup of coffee with the St. Louis Browns in 1914. His nickname, ironically, was “Dutch.”