I’ll probably regret asking, but what’s life without a few regrets…
- Where do you stand on the stats vs story debate that refuses to die?
- Does this dichotomy exist in the corporeal world or only in the mind of the perceiver?
- Bonus points if you can:
- Quantify your response (e.g., on a scale of pi to 42, with blue as the midpoint), and/or
- Offer a compelling narrative to support your position
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- The Economics of Baseball’s Spring Training (Governing). Ryan Holeywell notes that “since 2003, a half-dozen teams have traded citrus for cactus and moved their spring headquarters west, primarily due to lucrative deals and the heightened geographic concentration of teams, which reduces travel times.” [h/t BBTF]
- Forbes claims Padres “most profitable team” in MLB, Padres President says numbers “grossly inaccurate” (Gaslamp Ball). Quoth President/COO Tom Garfinkel: “It’s curious how they can get financial numbers for 30 private businesses. The only answer is that they manufacture them.” Of course, nobody knows for sure… because the numbers are private. How convenient.
- Peavy vs. Webb: Similar Pitchers, Paths, States of Mind (Beyond the Box Score). They were good, now they’re hurt; what comes next?
- 2011 Organizational Rankings: #20 San Diego (FanGraphs, h/t reader Didi). I was hoping for #6. Hey, at least we’re ahead of the Dodgers (#23) and Diamondbacks (#29). I disagree with two statements made by the estimable Jonah Keri:
- His assertion that the Padres have “little chance of contending in 2011″ doesn’t ring true in a division that should be fairly wide open despite the presence of Colorado and San Francisco.
- Keri says of Chase Headley that “he’s got a history of solid power production in the minors, albeit generally in hitter-friendly parks.” Headley’s big power year was 2007, when he played half his games at San Antonio’s Wolff Stadium, one of the harshest offensive environments in all of organized baseball.
- Book Review: The Beauty of Short Hops… (The Book). I hesitate to post this because it seems like a colossal waste of time, but maybe I can help save you some money otherwise spent on what sounds like a dreadful book.
- Team Joy Squad 2011: #10 – #6 (FanGraphs). Former Padres right-hander Ivan Nova makes the cut.
- $10M Civil case against Brian Giles starts today, Ex now engaged to Knoblauch, Trevor Hoffman could take the stand (Gaslamp Ball). Meanwhile, over in the TMI department…
- A love of baseball, by the numbers (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune). Ever hear of Glenn “Gos” Gostick? Odd cat… [h/t BBTF]
- Bartlett back with Friars, hopes to succeed (Padres.com). “Hopes to succeed”? Well, that is comforting to know. I’d be worried if he felt otherwise.