Too much day job… these have been gathering dust for a while, so you’ll have plenty to read while I’m off doing… you don’t even want to know…
- Where did the leadoff monsters go? (SweetSpot). Christina Kahrl asks a compelling question.
- The Offensive Downturn and Our Perceptions (Platoon Advantage). Cameron Maybin and Dustin Moseley make appearances here. Speaking of Maybin, he has landed on the DL (right knee inflammation), replaced on the roster by Aaron Cunningham. Speaking of Cunningham… and Moseley…
- The Annotated WARP Leaders (Baseball Prospectus). This is a fun list, despite an absence of Padres.
- Answers from a Sabermetrician, Part 1 (Baseball Prospectus). Tom Tango speaks. I hate the phrase “must-read” but it applies here. The stuff on lineup optimization and bullpen usage is fascinating. Money quote:
The best way to set up your batting order is to put it in the optimal order (which means you have to have different batting lineups based on pitcher handedness), and then tweak it based on the ego of the players, because human impact is more important than leveraging two runs.
- Answers from a Sabermetrician, Part 2 (Baseball Prospectus). More gold:
Another disheartening thing was the proof-reading… It was a disaster… when I see people complaining about typos in BPro and other books, I just shake my head, because I will never criticize someone for that.
I used to edit and proofread articles for scientific journals. Seriously, if you haven’t done this sort of thing for a living, it’s difficult to appreciate how demanding and — in a certain sense — utterly hopeless it is.
- Five trades that need to be made (SweetSpot). Mike Adams to the Tigers for Francisco Martinez? Why would the Padres trade one of their best players for a minor-league third baseman? Third base is an area (perhaps the only area) of organizational strength. FanGraphs also lists Adams as a possible trade target, but I have yet to see a satisfying explanation for why the Padres would want to move him unless someone is willing to overpay… which is possible.
- John Harper’s Hypocrisy (Platoon Advantage). In which it is fair for some people to cry “steroids” but not others…
- Top 50 prospects of the draft era (SweetSpot). A couple of Padres draftees (Kevin McReynolds, Mike Ivie) make the cut, as do a few others who played in San Diego: Jack Clark, Gary Sheffield, Mark Prior, Stephen Strasburg. [h/t reader Didi]
- MLB Rewind: Dallas Buck released, and updates on several former Portland Beavers (The Oregonian). I don’t know who Buck is, but the rest of this is about guys who play(ed) in the Padres organization.
- Minor Thoughts- Cody Decker: Closed For Repairs (Tree). Decker discusses his ankle injury and makes Karate Kid references.
- Spring in Padres camp pays benefits for RHP Bass (U-T). As I said the other day on Twitter, “I like that [Anthony] Bass’ K/9 has improved on moving up a level, to a league with a lower overall K/9.”
- My Major Love of the Minors (Hollywood Hippie). Never mind that she’s a Yankees fan, she gets to watch the San Antonio Missions in action and is seriously on the Free Kyle Blanks train.
- U Got the Look: Fielding, Part II (Baseball Prospectus). Jason Parks talks defense.
- Padres cutting back on tweeting (U-T). Orlando Hudson wins the award for best unintentional irony: “I don’t like talking to people. I don’t even like phoning my wife every day.” First off, if you’ve ever seen Hudson in action, you know that he is a chatterbox. Second, I hope his wife doesn’t read the paper.
- At home with the Cansecos (Yuma Sun). Wait, Jose Canseco manages a baseball team in Yuma and I missed it? I was just there! Oops, forgot… I don’t care.
- Joakim Soria pulled from closer’s role after taking fifth blown save (Hardball Talk). The former Padres farmhand is struggling. Joe Posnanski offes his thoughts.
- 2011 wOBA: By Batting Order (FanGraphs). So, hey, our no. 6 hitters rock.
That’s enough for now. It’s not like there isn’t an endless supply these days…