Friday Links (24 Dec 10)

I’m still sorting through my thoughts on the Orlando Hudson signing. Meanwhile, have some links…


Home is where the heart is, so that’s where we’ll start.

Interviews and Literature

People talk, they say stuff, it’s cool.


Once upon a time, in a place, things happened.

Hall of Fame

I stay out of these debates nowadays because I think the election process is quite beyond hope. Enjoy the institution for what it is, and try not to let the sloppy voting bother you. Kudos to those who are attempting to bring attention to such sloppiness, and good luck with that fight.


Digging, digging, digging…

  • Spinning Yarn: The Forkball (Baseball Prospectus). Mike Fast examines differences between this and the similar split-fingered fastball. Ex-Padre Scott Linebrink is one of the few pitchers in MLB today who throws a forkball. Cool charts.
  • Relievers Are Not Worth Multi-Year Deals (FanGraphs). File under “D” for duh. Less facetiously, it’s always good to confirm what we think we know.
  • More Observations on Pace (Baseball Analysts). In which we learn, among other things, that Mike Adams takes his time with warmup tosses.
  • Baseball’s Decelerating Average Salary (FanGraphs). Alex Remington notes that “the free agent market simply isn’t as volatile as it once was.”
  • Getting defensive (Hardball Times). Myron Logan examines the current and future state of fielding metrics, using new Padres shortstop Jason Bartlett to illustrate.


Enough digging, can you dig?

That’s all for now. Be excellent to one another…

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6 Responses »

  1. Interesting note on the Hawpe signing: Adrian’s OPS in PETCO was .821; Hawpe’s, in obviously a much smaller sample, is .822.

  2. Merry Christmas to you, Geoff (and to Mrs Ducksnorts :-) ) … and to *all* my Ducksnorts buds out there!

    My favorite gift this season was a call from my best friend, Al, who told me he was driving on Thursday, listening to 1090 and someone called in hoping that the Padres would sign Russell Branyan because he’s strong enough to hit a HR and knock the #6 off the scoreboard … YES!!! Wouldn’t that be a *dream* come true? Good to hear that some folks are still out there thinkin’ … bein’ creative … where there’s a will, there’s a way :-)

  3. We’ll see on Hawpe; sure nice, though, to have a front office that seems to be operating with a wider range of information than casual fans. Frankly, I had no idea that Hawpe was a 1B through college and the minor leagues, only to be blocked by Helton.

    Given some of the other options wanting 3-year deals and the club likely having Blanks and/or Rizzo ready for 2012, a 1-year rental makes a lot of sense, especially when it’s a guy like Hawpe, who should easily be passable at worst and has the potential for much more.

  4. @ Slasher: Um, yeah, in about half a season’s worth of PA’s. Perhaps a bit early to draw any conclusions. :-)

  5. @ Mark: I’m going to be a Negative Nelly on Hawpe. At least this way I won’t be disappointed and I might be pleasantly surprised. :-) I don’t find the fact he was a 1B in the minors over 8 years ago encouraging and I think he will be a defensive liability at 1B.

    OTOH, you’re totally right about us having 2 legit 1B prospects who should be ready to go in 2012 so it’s best not to block them. So maybe I should lighten up a little. :-)

  6. @LynchMob: Thanks. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours as well… Love the Branyan anecdote.

    @Mark: I couldn’t agree more about the 1-year rental at first base. It makes all the sense in the world.

    @Pat: Sometimes lowering expectations is the only way to make it through the day. 8)

    I’ll have more to say about Hawpe in tomorrow’s post…