Monthly Archives: September 2012

Is Billy Hamilton’s Season The Best Stolen Base Season in MiLB History?

2012 Billy Hamilton: 147 SB / 33 CS

That’s impressive. 147 is the most stolen bases in a minor league season by anyone.

The big question we have to ask isn’t what the counting stat of stolen bases means alone, but what the value of a steal is, and what the value of a caught stealing is. Then we can talk about the value of Billy Hamilton’s baserunning.

The next guy on the counting-stat list, who Hamilton eclipsed this year…

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For the GRB Crew

Hey GRB–

I understated Pujols’ decline for both last year and this year. (Is there stuff I can do on WordPress besides bold + ital + underline to get the proper amount of emphasis on that word?)

How fucking hilarious is that?

–middle

The Rays as Paradigm For Why Every Month Counts In MLB

If the season ended tonight, the Tampa Bay Rays would not make the playoffs. They trail the New York Yankees by 2.5 games in the AL East, and they trail the Baltimore Orioles and Oakland A’s by 1.5 games each.

The Rays should be a playoff team this year, because with the exception of certainly the Texas Rangers and maybe the Yankees and Washington Nationals, the Rays are the best team in baseball. They’re unquestionably one of the four best, along with Texas, the Yankees, and Washington.  The Rays have top-to-bottom what is undeniably the best pitching staff in baseball, particularly in the second half with Matt Moore establishing himself as a stud, David Price and James Shields pitching very well, and Fernando Rodney emerging as the game’s best closer this year. Wade Davis, a middle-reliever for the Rays, is their second- or third-best bullpen pitcher, has no home in the rotation, and would be a #4 starter or better on almost every other MLB team.

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For The Love Of God, DFA Elliot Johnson

I’ve never been more unimpressed with a baseball player than I was with Eliot Johnson last night. Last night I was quite literally angry at how bad Elliot Johnson was. And I virtually never give an emotional reaction to a player’s bad play.

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Don’t Judge A Rook By His Numbers (When He’s Pinch-Hit A Whole Bunch)

Rare is the player who hits better coming off the bench than he does as a starter. In April, 2010, Greg Lombardi compiled this list on the baseball-reference.com blog. Willie McCovey ranks first with a career .872 OPS as a pinch-hitter. McCovey’s lifetime OPS was .889. B-R’s career split shows that McCovey, as a starter, had a career OPS of .891, and as a substitute–including non-PH PA taken after coming into a game late–McCovey’s career OPS was .839. McCovey was 52 points of OPS better as a starter than as a sub. While he was a good hitter as a pinch-hitter, he was far better as a starter.

Second on Lombardi’s list is Matt Stairs, with a .866 OPS as a pinch-hitter. Stairs’ career OPS was .832. As a starter in his career his OPS was .833 and as a sub (including non-PH at-bats taken after entering a game as a non-starter) it was .829.

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