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Monthly Archive: October 2009

Tuesday

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Tuesday Cup O'Joe:

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I’m working on a post that takes a look at who earned their money in 2009, but it’s not ready yet. Until then, you’re stuck with some random findings to discuss. Apparently the world (or at least Cubs.com) thinks that 19 year old Starlin Castro is Major League ready. Need her evidence? He played rookie ball in 2008, then jumped to high Class A this season, then Double-A, and now is competing in the Arizona Fall League. He’s the youngest player in the AFL, but after one week of play, he’s keeping pace with the big boys, and through Sunday, […]

Monday

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Step Up To The Mic: World Series

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I think I mentioned that I plan on doing this from time to time when important transactions or things like that take place. The concept here is to have people step up and post their thoughts on things so we can have them in writing for future reference. I can’t think of how many times I’ve probably regressed on opinions or things of that nature, but can’t find them to reference. I’m going to set this up for us to reference when looking back, which should be fun. Let’s begin today with getting your thoughts and predictions on the 2009 […]

Saturday

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The Hit List

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I thought that in light of the Cubs hiring of a new hitting coach this past week, it would be appropriate to post something about hitting, in this case a book by Ted Williams. I saw the name of the primary author (Ted Williams) and knew I was gonna have to look at this one. It’s titled “Ted Williams’ Hit List – The Ultimate Ranking of Baseball’s Greatest Hitters”. The authors are Ted Williams and Jim Prime. It was published in 1996. I could describe this as an “un-sabermetric” work. Although metrics such as OBP, Slugging Percentage, et al. are […]

Friday

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GirlieView (10/23/2009)

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I think today I’ll just wish you a happy weekend and get to the Lizzies. Lizzies So far, the best played postseason game was the last game of the regular season. [Marquis] is a 4 or 5 starter and thinks he is an ace. My screen name celebrates my youth, my early blind belief in and enthusiasm for both a player (Pepitone) and a team (the Cubs) that seemed truly awesome. Pepitone still has that long pretty hair although he can take it off any time he wants. It is pretty difficult to make a judgment about Cutler when he […]

Friday

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Predicting the Unpredictable No-Hitter

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A few years ago, Bill James designed a system to predict the likelihood of a particular pitcher throwing a no-hitter at some point, taking into account his career strikeout and double-play rates. In The Bill James Handbook 2009, we listed the ten pitchers most likely to achieve this rare feat during their career, led by Giants ace Tim Lincecum. Coming in at #8 on the list with a 12% chance at a no-no: Lincecum’s teammate, Jonathan Sanchez. By late June, Sanchez had lost his spot in a strong Giants rotation. When Randy Johnson went down with an injury just a […]