While the Padres were getting pasted by the Red Sox at Fenway on Monday evening in the first game of what I told a friend “has a chance to be the least competitive series between two baseball teams all season,” I was rewriting an article. Part of that article landed on the cutting room floor, [...]
The Padres got swept by the Twins in Minnesota this weekend. All three games were decided by one run, which would be fantastic news if teams played for runs rather than for wins.
The moment you’ve been waiting for has arrived. No, Yvonne Strahovski isn’t coming over for dinner; I’m talking about the Ducksnorts 2009 Baseball Annual. I may be biased, but I think this is the best Annual yet. I’m pleased with both the content and the presentation (big tip o’ the cap to Chris Bauer for [...]
Baseball revolves around control of the strike zone. – Bill James, Baseball Abstract 1988, p. 72 On pages 179-181 of the Ducksnorts 2007 Baseball Annual, we examined how the Oakland A’s and Minnesota Twins parlayed their dominance of the strike zone into wins. The A’s excelled at getting on base, while Minnesota specialized in keeping [...]
By now you’ve heard that the Minnesota Twins have agreed to trade left-hander Johan Santana to the Mets for Carlos Gomez, Phil Humber, Deolis Guerra, and Kevin Mulvey. Beyond the obvious impact this will have on the balance of power in the National League, there’s an important lesson here for those who would trade Khalil [...]