On the Cubs Pitchers and Velocity

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You may have heard some nervous chatter about the Chicago Cubs starting pitchers and their noticeable drop in fastball velocity.  There has been speculation on why this is, from a switch in tracking technology, to age or wear and tear due to consecutive deep playoff runs.  We had recently discussed Continue reading On the Cubs Pitchers and Velocity

The Arms Race

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There were a couple interesting pitching tidbits today, as the Chicago Cubs added to their pitching depth with the addition of Manny Parra to a minor-league deal: Parra will receive $520K plus a potential $1.28M in bonuses if he makes the Majors, Jon Heyman tweets. While one wonders how the Continue reading The Arms Race

Why Should We Designate a Hitter?

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One of the greatest things about sports is the way rules change as human participants evolve into faster, smarter, and stronger athletes.  While we are all creatures of habit and have an appreciation for tradition and nostalgia, it often ends up working out in that we can’t fathom why the game Continue reading Why Should We Designate a Hitter?

Heads-Up Play

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Baseball season is back in force and I’m helping to get our student-athletes ready for the short season that commences at the end of this month.  It’s a chore to ask the guys to stand a bit further away from the batter than they are, to bring a cup (especially Continue reading Heads-Up Play

The Case Against Masahiro Tanaka

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With most of the big free agents now off the board, the attention of the baseball world has turned to the coveted Japanese import Masahiro Tanaka. With the new posting system now in place, more teams than ever should be able to at least get a shot at signing the Continue reading The Case Against Masahiro Tanaka

Better to be Protected

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I caught a bit of guff the other day after I suggested that MLB’s impending ban on home plate collisions was a good idea.  With so much at stake now for players, even the most macho of players (and especially the ownership that pays their salaries) will want to ensure Continue reading Better to be Protected

Tanaka may be off the table; who wants a shot at Samardzija?

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We’ve been on pins and needles ever since MLB and the Nippon Pro Baseball league ratified the new posting system; will the Rakuten Eagles post their prize pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka?  Tonight, we got what seemed to be the answer:   The owner of the Rakuten Eagles told @pgammo he doesn’t Continue reading Tanaka may be off the table; who wants a shot at Samardzija?

Free Agent Targets: Scott Kazmir

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Dabynsky recently posted about his philosophy that the Cubs probably won’t do any more sign-to-flip pitcher acquisitions this offseason.  I find that viewpoint reasonable, but it might be modified given the following bit of news: Kazmir and Smith are both seeking more years than the Indians want to give. Cleveland Continue reading Free Agent Targets: Scott Kazmir