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Steven Ellingson

  • joined Dec 22, 2009
  • last login Jul 11, 2014
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Labels and Narratives

Every year, the upcoming draft class is labeled. By the media, by scouts, by fans, these guys are given labels. A lot of these labels stick with a player, for better or worse, throughout their...

Rotten Tomatoes: Top 20 Baseball Movies

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Quite a bit different than TT's list. Mostly because rotten tomatoes is just counting down the best reviewed movies that happened to be about baseball. So something like "sugar" is above The Sandlot. Interesting list nonetheless.

An Interview with UZR

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Good stuff here. Well reasoned, well written, and funny! If only Ruesse could learn a thing or two from his friend Poz.

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Liriano and inefficiency (part one)

There has been a lot of talk about Liriano being inefficient, and this is commonly cited as a reason why he isn't in the upper tier of starting pitchers. The first problem with this argument, is...

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The Wolves and Preseason: A Statistician's perspective

  There has been a lot of talk about the Wolves’ hot start, and how much we should buy into it.  I have seen a few studies done on the subject, but none quite as thorough as I’d like.  You could...

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Johnson vs Turner

Well, the Johnson vs. Cousins thing sure has been beat to death.  And really, how much can you talk about Character issues, team fit, etc. before your head explodes?  With all of Johnson's red...

BlessYouBoys attempts to quantify Catcher Defense

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Catcher defensive metrics are still in the dark ages, but it's nice to see the current Twins catcher on the first list, and an infamous former Twins catcher (who could that be?!) on the second list. Basically - Stuff we all ready knew....

UZR Adjusted for "quirky" parks

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This mainly affects Red Sox players, but Cuddyer also gets a boost. I don't remember what his defensive numbers were before, but I think he got about 6 runs boost for last years' defense. Also you can see that the +/- system likes Cuddy and Delmon more than UZR. It looks like we might have a "bad" defensive outfield, instead of a "horrible" one. Cuddyer's Fangraphs Page Delmon's Fangraphs Page

White Sox fans get really mad when you tell them Peavy is their fourth-best pitcher, for whatever...

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White Sox fans get really mad when you tell them Peavy is their fourth-best pitcher, for whatever reason. If you are brothers with one, like I am, I recommend reminding them of this fact often.

Bryan Smith, from Fangraphs live chat, regarding Jake Peavy
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Spring Training Statistics?

Hey,   I was going to do a project for a class on spring training, and was looking for some data.  Does anyone know where I can get stats for the past few spring training seasons?  I'm looking for...

Another prospect list, but this one is very Twins friendly

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Apparantly the stat guys like Ben Revere a lot. Here's how our guys rank: #26 Hicks #35 Sano #46 Revere #65 Ramos #71 Gibson

Rally's 2010 projected standings are out

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He has our Twins winning the Central by 5 games, though with only an 87-75 record. A couple of things to note: he explicitly says that he is just basing this on the talent of the starters. I think he also only included a few relievers. He did this so he wouldn't create bias because he doesn't know the bench rotations as well for some teams as others. Because we have both a masher and an elite defender on the bench, as well as a very deep bull pen and rotation, I think we can safely bump ourselves up a win or two.

Another encouraging Liriano quote, but this one's from outside the organization!

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From an NL executive, "Our scouts said he was as good as he was in 2006 when we all thought that he was the heir to Johan." I've been trying to temper my excitement about Liriano, but it's getting tough.

Adding Hudson is just the cherry on top of what was already a very good winter

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When Dave Cameron is praising the Twins offseason, you know it's been a good winter. Bill Smith, I think you've officially redeemed yourself!

Twins "intensify their pursuit" of Hudson

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I was pretty pessimistic about this from the beginning, but it's starting to look more realistic. My guess - they offer about 4 mil, and say take it or leave it.

Twins sign Clay Condrey

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Keppel on his way to Japan. This looks like the "big news" we've been waiting for since Keppel's release.

Bert makes his case for the hall of fame

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"Clearly, wins is a flawed stat, and I think observers of baseball are beginning to realize that. After all, this year’s Cy Young winners were Zack Greinke (16 wins) and Tim Lincecum (15). Both are great pitchers and deserving of the award, but neither led their league in wins." Never thought I'd hear (read) words like that from Bert, even in a piece talking about himself.

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