Link sat alone in a boggy marsh, totally motionless except for her heart…
- Most veteran Padre on the club since 1969 (Gaslamp Ball). Fun list from jbox that might or might not benefit from my understanding what the heck he’s trying to do.
- Brothers in Baseball (Baseball Daily Digest). Another year, another set of Padres hermanos. Bill Baer examines brother combos throughout history.
- Outlining my BtB awards ballot (Hardball Times). Dan Novick provides links to some excellent sabermetric articles that graced the interwebs in 2009.
- A Dream Team… in honor of Dr. King (Sully Baseball). Awesome lineup of Negro Leaguers who deserve to be remembered.
- Evaluating scientific debates: some ramblings (Sabermetric Research). Phil Birnbaum makes too much sense. [h/t Hardball Times]
- Hey hermano (Sacrifice Bunt). I think it’s safe to say that Ray is not a David Eckstein fan. [h/t Gaslamp Ball]
- Fan happiness (part three) (Hardball Times). Joshua Fisher attempts to answer the question, “Heading into 2010, how happy is a fan with an organization?” According to Fisher, only Astros fans are more miserable than Padres fans. So we’ve got that going for us.
- Relievers in the rough (Hardball Times). Jeff Sackmann asks, “What makes a mediocre starter a potentially good reliever?” This is a question I’ve informally wondered about for some time and, in fact, briefly discussed in the Ducksnorts 2007 Baseball Annual. Sackmann has taken a much more systematic approach to the problem than I ever did, and the results are quite interesting.
- Trevor Hoffman: Not done yet (Friar Forecast). Myron examines Trevor’s remarkable 2009 season, comparing it to his final season in San Diego: “Everything is very close, except home runs per nine innings.” Yes, and who could have imagined that in going from Petco Park to Miller Park, Hoffman would see his gopheritis from 2008 disappear? I was so very, very wrong about how Hoffman would fare in Milwaukee, and I couldn’t be happier.
- In Response to Murray Chass (Baseball Analysts). Quoth Patrick Sullivan: “All I can say is if you’re going to be called out in public by a washed-up sportswriter on his baseball blog, this is how you want it to be done; in a fashion that is so self-evidently discrediting.” It gets better from there, in a train wreck kind of way. Why guys like Chass and Ken Rosenthal feel the need to put uppity bloggers in their place is beyond me. Oh, wait; it’s because they’re uppity bloggers. Silly me.
And a couple more from reader Didi:
- Best Books Of 2009 (Baseball America). I have read precisely zero of these, I’m sorry to say.
- Best stuff of the 2009 rookies (Hardball Times). Luke Gregerson appears on this list, as do former Padres farmhands Wilton Lopez and Dale Thayer.