Crime Horse may not quite have the same ring as Crime Dog, so who knows if it will stick (especially with so many potential options). But it did get me thinking that Hosmer and McGriff are...
374 ft. of "true" distance. Categorized as having "Plenty" of distance (as opposed to "Just Enough" or "No Doubt"), and would have left 28 out of 30 ballparks. A link to the video is also on the site. http://www.hittrackeronline.com/
Following up on the "Should NCAA Players Get Paid?" article and discussion, I noticed a post up on SBN's NBA "minor leagues" blog (Ridiculous Upside) asking whether Selby should have bypassed the...
(My title, not his) If you're into this kind of thing, you probably already check out Minor League Ball and/or have already seen this article, but if not or if not, it's really worth a look at some in-depth ranking compilation and analysis. An excerpt: "Players BA really likes (BA, AVG, DIFF): Dee Gordon (SS, LAD) (26, 60, -34) Christian Colon (SS, KC) (51, 78, -27) Players BA doesn't like (BA, AVG, DIFF): Hak-Ju Lee (SS, TB) (92, 68, +24) Arodys Vizcaino (RHP, ATL) (93, 69, +24) Anthony Rizzo (1B, SD) (75, 54, +21) Yonder Alonso (1B, CIN) (73, 53, +20) Chris Carter (1B, OAK) (91, 71, +20) Surprising inclusions (#Lists, BA): Tyler Chatwood (RHP, LAA) (2, 76) Cesar Puello (OF, NYM) (2, 77) Surprising exclusions (#Lists, AVG) Hank Conger (C, LAA) (5, 74) J.P. Arencibia (C, TOR) (4, 56) Christian Friedrich (LHP, COL) (4, 77) Ben Revere (CF, MIN) (4, 76) Jaff Decker (LF, SD) (4, 63) Yasmani Grandal (C, CIN) (4, 66) Matt Harvey (RHP, NYM) (5, 79)"
An odd coincidence that Sherron and Khalid share a similar height and (ahem) body type. Also a good Sherron NBA/DLeague recap in the article.
"Officials from Atlanta, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Green Bay, New England, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Carolina and New Orleans worked out 10 KU seniors in drills such as the vertical jump, the broad jump, the 40-yard dash and a variety of position drills."
Investigating the "Best Shape" Phenomenon by Rob Pettapiece "...hitters in the 'best shape of their lives' would increase their offensive output by about 3%." A quick read, but interesting. If he really wanted to take a wider look at the phenomenon, he could use SBN to have team blogs track what players state that they are in the "Best Shape Of My Life".
Just what you were hoping for: a quote from a link to a quote from another link. "Love is an action," Wesley says. "You've got to show it. That's what Cal's done for his players, his coaches, and he continues to do it. If you call me and you have a son and you say, 'Who would you recommend?' I'm going to say there's one coach I trust impeccably."
Another entry into the charting of recruiting home cities of NCAA players who make the NFL. This time Corn Nation tags on to Andy Staples's article by looking at recruits' home cities by offensive position. I found it interesting that the distribution is markedly different between QBs and WRs.
In particular, the question I'm getting at is "Does Kevin Seitzer know enough about hitting for power to train Billy Butler to be the best hitter he can be?" I'm sure that someone, somewhere in...
Indeed, of Sailer's top-ranked 12 [kicking prospects] in 2006, 9 went on to become the primary placekicker or punter for an FBS team, including the past two Groza Award winners, and seven earned all-conference honors. Sailer's 2007 underclass list includes a Groza finalist, two of the NCAA's top four punters last season, and a top-five kicker. By comparison, of Scout.com's top 12 safeties in 2006 -- all of whom garnered at least four stars -- just four started more than one season in college.SI Article
Yikes!: 1. Semi-Bust 2. Semi-Bust 3. All-Star 4. Bust 5. Semi-Bust 6. OK, but injured 7. Alex Gordon At least #8 through 11 turned out well. Just goes to reinforce the unpredictability of even the prospects that are ranked at the very top.
Maturity – not to mention a constant reminder from his coaches – has afforded Mario Chalmers a different perspective of himself and his role among his peers. Chalmers is not a scorer and a shooter. If he is to fit into the Heat’s championship plans, then he will do it as a role player – distributor, organizer and, above all else, defender. 'Run the team,' Chalmers said when asked about his responsibilities. 'Get everybody involved and be that person on defense that can shut the other person down. If you look at it, there are a lot of great point guards in the league, and at my position I just want to be able to contain them and not let them have big nights and get their teams going.' For Dwyane Wade, Chalmers can only reach his full potential when he first begins to understand his limitations. When Chalmers tries to do too much, Wade said it compromises the team’s goals. 'He’s not a Derrick Rose and he’s not a Russell Westbrook, where he can go down to the paint against seven-footers and go over the top,' Wade said. 'Sometimes he’s confident in his ability that he can do it, but realistically he can’t do it. … So, it’s just about knowing your game and being very confident in your game, but knowing, ‘OK, this is what I can be effective in. I’m not what I think I am.’ We all have to come to that realization sometimes.' [Boooooooo Dwyane Wade]Miami Herald
Andy Staples's take on the new rule. The Big 10 hasn't always been the conference I look to as a model conference (i.e., Leaders/Legends), but they do set the example for ethical behavior on signing recruits and honoring scholarship offers.
One thing I didn't know: "I gave him a Grade A in the 2005 book, ranked as the Number Three pitching prospect in baseball, behind Felix Hernandez and the injury-doomed Adam Miller."
A look back by Sickels as to how Meche was viewed as a draftee and a prospect.
I listed the Kansas players, but didn't have time to do all the KCMO guys. Lots and lots of names - I figure some of you all must have seen these guys. Tyler Baker, C , Shawnee Heights, Topeka, KS Nathan Arnold, C , St Mary's - Colgan, Pittsburg, KS Dylan Becker, MIF , Shawnee Misssion East, Leawood, KS Gage Byers, RHP , Maize, Wichita, KS Grant LaTerza, OF , Blue Valley Southwest, Leawood, KS Henry Weiler, RHP , Rockhurst Leawood KS Nathan Williams, RHP , Valley Center, Valley Center, KS Jake Wodtke, MIF , St. James Academy Shawnee KS
Well, I lied. It's not really the final countdown. I figured there'd be, maybe 5 or 6 Allard Baird players left on the 40-man roster. Not so:
Former assistant at a powerhouse football school; had mixed results, but generally overperformance at crummy non-BCS schools; in the mix for other BCS schools, but not chosen; native of neighboring state. Things will get even more similar if Denard Robinson leaves, and Hoke will have to face his first season with a new QB (though I don't expect Robinson to leave). Also, Rivet will get a comparison for Gill's salary versus Hoke's.
If Oregon can do it, I don't see why KU can't (or at least come close): "Oregon's willingness to jump on a player during his senior season gives the Ducks more flexibility than some of the more traditional powers. At Texas, for example, Mack Brown hands out most of the program's scholarship offers during a "junior day" shortly after National Signing Day. With an almost-full class in place nearly a year before signing day, there is precious little room to add a player who blooms as a senior. That may be one reason why the Longhorns -- who desperately needed a feature back this past season -- missed out on a gem from their own state." "As a senior at Aldine (Texas) High, Thomas committed to LSU. He changed his mind when the Tigers also took commitments from quarterbacks Jordan Jefferson and D.C. Jefferson for the class of 2008. Florida wanted Thomas to come compete with backups Cam Newton and John Brantley behind Tim Tebow. Thomas' list would have been much longer if he'd considered schools that didn't want to bring him in as a quarterback. Thomas picked Oregon, he said, because he loved the Ducks' fast-break offense."
It was brought up in the other thread, but thought I'd fanshot it for those who didn't see. It was mentioned that USC's win will help KU's RPI, but even more important IMO is this: it was...
"The high-tech sheath, which is fitted with motion sensors and a web of conductive threads, tracks its wearer’s pitching mechanics during a game in real time, then relays that data to a monitor in the dugout. By analyzing the information, coaches can spot inconsistencies that could result in injury, whether as a result of fatigue or poor technique." Pretty Cool
"Royals: Nathan Adcock, RHP, from Pirates: 22 years old, went 11-7 with a 3.38 ERA and a 113/38 K/BB in 141 innings in the Florida State League. Fastball is average but has a good curve and throws strikes. Might stick in long relief." Nothing new, really, but Sickels's opinion is worth something. He wouldn't say that Adcock could stick (ugh) just to be optimistic. Personally, I think that Aneury, Egan, and Emaus were all better picks with a higher likelihood of sticking on the roster for a full season.
Toe injury that may require surgery and the estimated date of his return is unknown. also here http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=5903650&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines
TMQ's take on bloated Athletic Departments and coaching staffs: Bowl season is nearly upon us, and college football conferences are reshuffling like mad, with bowl invites, television rights and media exposure the motives. College marketers know that in 2008 the University of Texas had $88 million in football revenue while Ohio State had $68 million (Wall Street Journal figures), and football dollars are still going up. The money rush isn't confined to the top, rather it is spread broadly across the higher-education landscape. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which plans to start Division I-AA participation in 2013, is asking $2,500 per personal seat license for good seats at its new field, plus a donation of up to several thousand dollars, making the true PSL price more like $5,000. That's for a Division I-AA program that doesn't even exist yet. Despite the cash-grab in big-college athletics -- Texas, already the leader in football revenue, cut an even better deal for itself this fall by threatening to leave its conference -- nearly all universities lose money on sports. Recently the NCAA reported that only 14 Division I-A programs clear a profit, while no college or university in the United States has an athletic department that is financially self-sustaining. Nobody in Division I -- not Alabama, not Auburn, not Oklahoma, nobody -- has an athletic department that pays its own way. The median big-university subsidy from general funds to sports is $10 million per school, the NCAA found. Many major college athletic programs claim to be self-sustaining, since this is what everyone wants to hear, but actually are not. For example, the University of Oregon claims its athletic department is self-sustaining. Yet the school's general fund gives the athletic department nearly $1 million per year, Rachel Bachman of The Portland Oregonian reports. Increasingly, college students who don't play sports are charged to support those who do. USA Today reports that in the 2008-09 school year, colleges charged their students $795 million to support athletics. Often this wasn't revealed, with the costs buried in tuition fees that students, and their parents, thought were solely to support academics. The money-pit aspect of big collegiate sports occurs despite the flow of booster contributions to "athletic foundations" and similar accounts. Booster funds not only fail to make collegiate sports self-sustaining, they may harm the colleges overall -- since many alumni and boosters who might donate to the general endowment or the scholarship campaign of Maryland or Miami or Wisconsin donate instead to the booster organizations. Over the years, billionaire T. Boone Pickens has donated nearly $500 million to Oklahoma State, his alma mater -- but most of the money has gone to athletics, not academics. The donation that UNC-Charlotte requires, in addition to the PSL fee? It goes to the booster fund, not to academics. At many colleges and universities, athletic programs cannibalize donations that might have gone to education. Big-deal college sports programs need subsidies in part because Division I football and men's basketball coaches are overpaid. There are nearly 100 big-sports college coaches earning at least $2 million annually, most at public universities. More than 200 assistant football coaches in the college ranks earn at least $250,000 annually, with Monte Kiffin of USC, the defensive coordinator, earning $1.5 million plus lavish perks. When Pete Carroll was head coach of USC, he was paid $4 million annually -- and in return, left the school's football program a flaming wreckage. Forbes estimates that Nick Saban is paid $4 million at Alabama. Some coaches' salaries are covered by booster funds, not by the school itself: but booster funds funnel money that otherwise might have been donated to a school's academic programs. Last year the Knight Commission found that nearly all college presidents, even the ones at sports-powerhouse schools, believe salaries for football and men's basketball coaches are out of control. This is especially telling since high coaches' salaries don't even result in programs that make money, the way high coaches' salaries in the NFL result, at least, in profit. Beyond too-high coaches' pay and perks there is another, less noticed reason almost all colleges lose money on sports -- featherbedding in the athletic department. In an era when budget stress is causing classes to be cut and core academic missions to be scaled back, many collegiate athletic departments are the most overstaffed organizations this side of a Monty Python sketch. Because sports is viewed as sacrosanct, the athletic department can get away with having far more people than needed -- then sending the bill to average students and to taxpayers. Ohio State lists 458 people in its athletic department. Included are the athletic director (who's also a vice president of the university), four people with the title senior associate athletic director, 12 associate athletic directors, an associate vice president, a "senior associate legal counsel for athletics" and plus a nine-person NCAA compliance office. NCAA rules are complex, to be sure, but does Ohio State really needs nine people who do nothing but push NCAA paperwork? The Ohio State NCAA compliance staff is lean and mean compared to the football staff, which includes 13 football coaches, a director of football operations, three associate directors of football operations, a "director of football performance" and three football-only trainers. How do these numbers compare to academic departments at the school? There are 192 faculty members in Ohio State's English department, with a support staff of about 50. Thus the Ohio State athletic department has roughly twice as many people as the Ohio State English department. Sports receive more staffing than English though nearly all Ohio State students at some juncture take a course through the English department, while few participate in NCAA athletics. And sports receive more staffing than English, though there is a widespread feeling that many Americans are inadequately educated in subjects such as English, while not one single person in the entire United States believes there isn't enough emphasis on sports. Now factor in the size of Ohio State's student body compared to the football roster. All those coaches and mysterious "associate directors of football operations" mean that in football, Ohio State has a 1-to-5 ratio of staff to students: while in English, the staff-to-student ratio is 1-to-280. Divide the latter by the former. In staffing terms, Ohio State treats football as 56 times more important than it does English. Am I deliberately choosing a college with sports mania but a reputation for weak academics -- the kind of place likely to have skewed priorities? Let's look at the University of California at Berkeley, a college with renowned academics and highly selective admissions policy. Cal has a 27-person staff for football coaching and administration, overseeing a roster of 110 players. That's a 1-to-4 ratio of staff to students. The school's English department has 71 non-emeritus personnel, plus about 50 support staff, serving a student body of 35,843. That's a 1-to-296 ratio of staff to students. Judged by staff, Cal devotes even more resources to football, versus English, than does Ohio State. In staffing terms, Cal treats football as 74 times more important than English. Does overstaffing happen only at enormous public universities? Columbia, an Ivy League school, has 71 people in its athletics department. That's not coaches, that's just the A.D. office -- which includes 16 people listed as "senior administration" and a "director of enrichment services," whatever that means. Coaches? The Columbia football coaching staff has 14 people, including a chaired coach -- the Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football. Not the football coach, the Head Coach of Football. Columbia -- not the Pittsburgh Steelers, Columbia University -- has a guy who specializes in coaching strong-side linebackers. Big staffs certainly don't guarantee success. Columbia, with its top-heavy football staff, is 11-29 in its past four seasons. The University of Tennessee, with a 28-person football staff, just finished its season with a 6-6 record. Kansas needed a 23-person football staff to finish 3-9. Most likely these schools could have compiled the same records with half as many people on the football staff, or the athletic department staff. The same may be true of even the year's best programs: cut the staff, and on-field results would change little. Does Oregon really need 178 people in its athletic department, including 16 people with some variation on the words "athletic director" in their titles? It is difficult to believe Auburn really needs an athletic director, an executive associate athletic director, five senior associate athletic directors, four associate athletic directors and a guy with the title senior associate athletic director & CFO. College sports can teach teamwork, cooperation and self-discipline, regardless of whether athletic programs are successful in won-loss terms. The strongest argument for spending on collegiate sports is that imparting life lessons is among the leading goals of the academy. Some staffing for this purpose makes sense. But overstaffed athletic departments, and football programs, in many cases have ballooned far out of proportion to other priorities at colleges. Even at a sports powerhouse like Ohio State, perhaps one student in 2,000 will go on to earn a paycheck in professional sports, and then for a "career" that lasts a only couple years. If only one Ohio State science or business graduate in 2,000 ever found a job in any field related to their degrees, Ohio politicians and voters would be angrily denouncing the school. If the English Department at Columbia had the same combination, as the football program, of overstaffing and failure to send students on to career success, there would be a scandal. Yet at a time when states are cutting spending for public universities, and private colleges are reducing financial aid, athletic departments generally -- and football and men's basketball staffs specifically -- continue to be extensively featherbedded. (Does Michigan really need five men's basketball coaches plus a "director of basketball operations"?) Top-heavy staffing in college sports is far more troubling for higher education than some football player who sells a jersey on eBay. Yet bloated staffing, which benefits the well-off and comfortable, continues, while God forbid some recruit from a poor family should eat an unauthorized cheeseburger. Don't you need a gigantic athletic department to run Division I sports programs? That's what the people who work in gigantic athletic departments would like you to believe. Vanderbilt University does not even have an athletic department, despite fielding competitive teams in Division I football, men's basketball and other sports. Vanderbilt closed its athletic department in 2003, folding its functions into the Division of Student Life -- which runs theater and music programs as well -- because the school's trustees felt there was too much emphasis on sports. This story details how Vanderbilt reduced athletic administrative expense without harm to sports programsTMQ
Rany's optimism (some warranted, some not) shines through.
Very briefly, while looking at the Heat Map vs Swing % article on FanGraphs, I thought of a graphical representation that could tie the Heat Map and the Swing % together. It would be a...
7. Kansas Jayhawks (33-3, lost second round to Northern Iowa) Marcus Morris returns as the best player to a Jayhawks squad that lost Xavier Henry, Sherron Collins, and Cole Aldrich to the next level. He's got a more well-rounded game than his brother Markieff, and one that translates better into an NBA career. At 6'8, he can play inside or out, profiling more as a hybrid 4 because of his versatility and lack of supreme athleticism. With a dependable jump shot and the ability to defend multiple positions, a good season from the junior makes him a late lottery pick in 2011. Charlie Day Wild Card: He may be too good to be a wild card, but the eligibility issues with Josh Selby make him a question mark. He's going to line up at point next to Tyshawn Taylor, but my bet is the top 5 recruit in the country shifts to the 2 and works off the ball. In the NBA, he has combo guard written all over him -- very Jerryd Bayless with a better jump shot. Give him a full season and he's a lottery pick based on scoring alone.
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