My latest at Baseball Prospectus ($) wonders why the lowly Rockies, a team that should be rebuilding for the future, would trade away 27-year-old right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez and insert 36-year-old Kevin Millwod into the rotation. The article also examines the difficulties in evaluating Pacific Coast League performance, an issue the Padres have experienced firsthand this season with Anthony Rizzo.
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I also was a guest on Jeff Barton’s Scoresheet Podcast this past week. Jeff runs Scoresheet Baseball, which combines the best of Rotisserie Baseball (current season stats) with the best of classic tabletop simulations such as Strat-o-Matic, ABPA, or my personal poison Statis-Pro (no adding up “points” in “categories”).
I’ve been playing Scoresheet for about 20 years… In fact, Ducksnorts originally was part of a larger web site called “Geoff’s Scoresheet Pages” or some such on AOL or Geocities. Scoresheet also is the engine that drives the BP Kings league (which I’m sucking in this year, thanks to injuries and a suboptimal drafting strategy, not necessarily in that order).
Anywho, Jeff and I talk baseball. I get all sappy at one point, saying something like, “Baseball isn’t just the greatest sport in the world, it’s one of the greatest anythings in the world.” I’d give you the exact quote but then I’d have to listen to myself talk, which… ew.
You probably won’t mind my voice as much as I do, though, and should give the podcast a spin. Go on, it’ll be fun…