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Cap'n Snegiryov

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  • last login Dec 07, 2013
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Cap'n Snegiryov's Moneyball review

  So, I went and saw Moneyball last night.  Overall, I’m not sure that it quite lives up to its billing as this year’s Social Network, as it lacks the immediacy of that movie.  Moneyball is,...

BPro acknowledges that PECOTA systematically overrates "sabermetric" teams (subscriber content)

I know this is subscriber-only content, but this was too interesting to pass up. Matt Swartz evaluates whether PECOTA is systematically overrating the teams who have a rep for relying on sabermetrics. He finds that PECOTA routinely overstates those teams' win totals. Unsurprisingly, the Indians are one of the primary teams for which Swartz finds this to be the case.

So how did the Mariners ever let [Choo] go? Bill Bavasi, their former general manager, said...

So how did the Mariners ever let [Choo] go? Bill Bavasi, their former general manager, said ownership had no appetite for rebuilding. On July 26 of the 2006 season, with the team three games out of first place, the Mariners sent Choo to Cleveland for the veteran first baseman Ben Broussard. "We were on strict orders when I got there that we were not going to tolerate any five-year plans," said Bavasi, now a special assistant with the Cincinnati Reds. "They felt that five-year plans usually turn into seven- or eight-year plans, and it’s true. That made sense — just keep getting better — but that also brought with it different pressures."

Indians’ Choo Is Thriving, but Duty Calls in South Korea (New York Times)

Acta's sabermetrics sermon paying off

Next thing you know he'll be telling us that stolen bases are overrated. What is this guy, some kind of computer programmer?

Zach Greinke = Nerd

Looks like Banny's had a bit of influence on the AL Cy Young.

Buzz Bissinger still hasn't read Moneyball.

To summarize his argument, "Moneyball" is dead because: 1. OBP was never all that cool to begin with--the A's were great in the early 2000s because of Mark Mulder, Tim Hudson, and Barry Zito, as evidenced primarily by the fact that they won a combined 149 games over three seasons [no circular reasoning going on there!]. 2. "Only" 3 of Beane's 7 draft picks detailed in the book are still in the majors [he conveniently leaves out the fact that two of these draft picks, Joe Blanton and Nick Swisher, have played major roles on the two teams currently favored to make the World Series]. 3. In 2009, the playoffs have been dominated by big-budget teams [never mind that the Twins and Rockies made the playoffs, or that the Rays reached the World Series last year, or that the Indians and the Rockies made deep postseason runs in 2007]. I hate this "debate," because it's tired, stupid, and really only matters to writers like Bissinger, as the rest of baseball has moved on. But I thought this piece was noteworthy in its poor reasoning and use of cherry-picked evidence.

Santana named Eastern League MVP

As the author points out, this is the second year Santana has won a league MVP award (he was the California League MVP in 2008).

Kevin Goldstein's Top 11 Indians Prospects

Not many surprises here. LaPorta and Santana are 1/2 and both are given five stars. Weglarz is third with four stars, and then there is a massive grouping of three star prospects that includes Miller, Mills, Rondon, and Huff. Goldstein has a lot of nice things to say about the depth in our system, pointing out that no prospect in our top 11 has fewer than a three star rating.

Seattle hires Zduriencik as their new GM

Most of you all probably saw this, but today Seattle announced the hiring of Jack Z . .duri . . .???. . . whatever as their new GM. If I were a Seattle fan, I'd be excited about this hire. Jack Z is very highly regarded as a talent evaluator and scout. I know some of their fans (particularly the posters on U.S.S. Mariner) were hoping for a new school analytical type, a la Chris Antonetti, but Z's skills can help them draft and build a player development system as well or better than any of the other candidates who were up for the job.

I like track and field. I liked watching Usain Bolt win the 100 and 200 meters. That's how I thin...

I like track and field. I liked watching Usain Bolt win the 100 and 200 meters. That's how I think I look in my mind when I'm stealing a base.

Jhonny Peralta, on watching the 2008 Olympics.

Carroll: Cleveland's Favorite Eckstein

Crap. I knew it was only a matter of time before this happened. "Pest." "Hustle." "Slightly-built." "Running out" things. And the very worst of them all: "A throwback type of player." The celebration of tiny, mediocre, slap-hitting jockey-looking little men continues. (To be fair, I like Carroll--decent on-base skills, good pickup as a utility infielder. But come on people--for the sake of all that is good and right in this world, we can't let this go any further)

Remarkably, of the ten times the Indians have made it to the postseason, only once- in 2001- have...

Remarkably, of the ten times the Indians have made it to the postseason, only once- in 2001- have they not been in first place on June 13, and in 2001 they were just a half-game out. Of course, ten years out of 108 is a pretty small sample size, and what the Indians did in 1920, 1948, or even last year has little to do with the situation in which they find themselves in the here and now. But it isn't exactly cause for optimism. To qualify for the playoffs in 2008, the Indians would have to do something they've never done in over a century of play. Can they do it? For your sakes, I'll leave that to the experts.

The Meaning of June 13 - Jessie Lamovsky

The Indians need an offensive upgrade desperately, and are bringing up Rockies third baseman Garr...

The Indians need an offensive upgrade desperately, and are bringing up Rockies third baseman Garrett Atkins and left fielder Matt Holliday in trade talks. The Indians, though, do not plan to send struggling second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera to the minor leagues despite his hitting woes because they don’t feel Josh Barfield would be an upgrade. …

John Perrotto - Baseball Prospectus (subscription required)
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The Mystery of Fausto Carmona

A year and a half after he first cracked the starting rotation, Fausto Carmona is still, in many ways, a baffling specimen to both Tribe fans and opposing batters.  As a young(er) pitcher, he...

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The Plan (?!)

Hey all: I've been lurking on this site for the past few weeks, and I've been impressed with the level of discourse on here, which is substantially higher than anywhere else I've been (pretty much...

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