Open Thread: New Writers


This picture of Matt Lindstrom from the 2006 Futures Game has nothing to do with anything. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)

Back in November we announced that we were looking to add some weekend writers, and after a prolonged review of the hundred or so applications that poured in, we’ve finally made our picks. Here’s the new cast…

  • Brock Cohen: You know him from the comments at brockdc. He writes for the Huffington Post and can be followed on Twitter at @brockdc.
  • Hannah Ehrlich: She goes by seimiya in the comments and is on Twitter at @firstheart42. Oh, and she’s got one of these Tumblr thingees all the kids are talking about.
  • Stephen Rhoads: He comments as Stephen R. and also writes for TYU. He’s on Twitter at @stephen_mr.

We’re excited to have them on board and a thank you goes out to everyone that applied. We had go through about five rounds of eliminations before deciding on Brock, Hannah, and Stephen because there were so many good applicants. Look for their posts starting this coming weekend.

And now that that’s finally over with (seriously, so many applications), we can move on to the open thread. The Rangers and Nets are both in action, but talk about whatever you like. Have at it.


  1. Squishy Jello Person says:

    !!! CONGRATULATIONS HANNAH AND STEVEN and Brock, even though I believe we have yet to meet!

    • brockdc says:

      Thanks so much for the kind words. Needless to say, I’m off-the-charts stoked.

      I’m, like, scratch-’n-win stoked.

  2. bexarama says:

    Congrats, guys!!!

  3. I Voted 4 Kodos says:

    Congratulations to the new writers! I look forward to procrastinating to your posts.

    Looks like the Yankees made a minor roster move today, claiming reliever Brian Schlitter (fun to say) from the Cubbies. Looks like a decent depth move.


    • bexarama says:

      Schlitter? Like where this offseason has gone for the Yankees, amirite?

      (It’s a joke, it’s a joke…)

    • TurnTwo says:

      if this is Brian Cashman’s answer to his bullpen woes, which he created himself by years of bad signings and wasting Steinbrenner money, it just proves that he’s clueless and should’ve been fired a long time ago.


      • bexarama says:

        WW articles:

        - why Brian Cashman is terrible
        - how Brian Cashman has failed
        - why Brian Cashman should be fired
        - when I would have fired Brian Cashman
        - why the Yankees are doomed, V. 70286092860296-BQAR

        I also enjoyed how someone brought up something gossipy about a Yankee he ~likes~ in the comment section one time, and he was like “This is not a gossip website” but he’ll happily post about some time that A-Rod was supposedly out until 1 AM (OMG!!!!!).

        • Jimmy McNulty says:

          What the fuck is WW?

            • Jimmy McNulty says:

              I mean, the Yankees season doesn’t look too bright right now, but I don’t think it’s all on Cashman. The only thing that he could have done differently was the way he handled Joba. I personally think a kid should get more than 80 MiLB innings as a starter before he’s thrown into a major league rotation.

              • bexarama says:

                WasWatching is an absurdly, absurdly negative Yankee site. There’s a huge difference between not being optimistic about 2011 and WasWatching. Like, the morning of Game 6 of the 2009 World Series – you know, the game where we became World Fuckin’ Champions – they had an article that was like “Who to blame?” (Spoiler alert: It was Cashman.)

                • Jimmy McNulty says:

                  I don’t know why Steve Lombardi hates Cashman so much, I think he’s done a pretty good job. There’s a bad contract here and there and the missed move with a prospect, but over all I don’t think he’s to blame for the state of the 2011 Yankees. I guess another “2008″ type season. Such is life.

                  • Avi says:

                    I blame him for not making a move for Halladay, Oswalt or Haren and instead trading for Vaz-crap again. But it’s not his fault, he just has poor judgement.

                    • Avi says:

                      Oh and signing Burnett for $82.5MM. If either the Vazquez or Burnett move resulted in a good pitcher the rotaion would be in good shape now.

  4. JGS says:

    Congrats, folk’ll. Looking forward to reading your posts

  5. J_Yankees says:

    Congrats to the new writers.

  6. Congratulations, guys! I’ve chatted with Stephen and Hannah on Twitter before, and I look forward to reading their thoughts here on weekends.

  7. Avi says:

    Texas is totally crazy for giving Beltre 5 years $80MM. Are they really so foolish to think Beltre is gonna produce like he did last year, and not morph back into, well Adrian Beltre?
    Also Vlad’s bat >>> Beltre’s defensive upgrade at third, at FAR less cost.
    Makes no frigin’ sense. But hey, it’s good for the Yanks.
    Congrats to the new writers. Looking forward to reading your posts and arguing with you about them!

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      Well now for teams that have DH issues like the Twins, the White Sox, and Tampa there’s better DH options. Which is bad for the Yankees, IMO.

      • Sean C says:

        White Sox? What part of Adam Dunn don’t you understand?

      • JGS says:

        Adam Dunn begs to differ with your assessment of the White Sox DH situation.

        As to Vlad, he hit .284/.336/.461 away from the Bandbox in Arlington last year, and is another year older. I have no problem with him landing in Tampa.

        • Jimmy McNulty says:

          Tampa will probably get Manny or Thome, neither of which (except for Thome against RHH) is the same guy he used to be. As far as Vlad goes, he hit to a .343 wOBA in his away park, player’s typically get a bump from their home park (I’ve heard anywhere from five to ten percent in overall production) so that’s a somewhat normal-ish bump.

          • JGS says:

            Team OPS splits for extreme hitters/pitchers park (by ESPN park factors)

            Rockies: home .866, road .654, .212 difference
            Yankees: .832/.742, .090
            Cubs: .743/.699, .044
            White Sox: .796/.709, .078
            Orioles: .729/.675, .054
            Rangers: .800/.716, 0.84
            Red Sox: .804/.777, .027

            And now, the most extreme pitchers parks:

            Padres: .678/.698, -.020
            Angels: .691/.712, -.021
            Astros: .678/.652, .026
            Mariners: .623/.651, -.028
            Rays: .726/.745, -.019

            So no, players don’t always get boosts from their home parks because they are home. They get boosts if they play in hitters parks. Four of the five best pitchers park teams hit better on the road, and most of the best hitters park teams hit much better at home (also, holy shit Colorado)

            • Jimmy McNulty says:

              FWIW, I think I said they “typically” get a boost from their home park. It’s their park they know who to hit there and I’d assume they’d change their approach there.

            • brockdc says:

              But…but…the humidors!

              On similar note, Ubaldo had a 661 OPS against at home. So basically, he turned all batters into Tony Womack – at Coors. Dang.

      • Avi says:

        Meh. For the Twins Thome is stil out there anyway and Tampa can’t afford Vlad anyway. It just amazes me how supposed bright baseball minds like John Daniels can give such a foolish contract out. I don’t get it.

    • Let’s compare:

      Vlad’s offensive value (over the past three years): 5.6 oWAR
      Vlad’s defensive value: -0.3 dWAR

      Beltre’s offensive value: 8.5 oWAR
      Beltre’s defensive value: 2.2 dWAR

      2.2 dWAR > -0.3 dWAR
      8.5 oWAR > 5.6 oWAR

      Beltre’s offense should be rated higher considering he plays a more difficult position, while Vlad’s played RF and DH. He also plays above average defense at third base, so you can argue that it outweighs Vlad’s offense from positions where a lot of power is expected.

      • Avi says:

        Vlad is a much better bet to hit well in ’11 than Beltre is. Texas already had a third baseman in Young. So the only things you compare is Beltre’s defensive upgrade and Vlad to Beltre’s bat. When you consider the $$ I don’t see how anyone with two cents in their head can go with Beltre.

  8. ShuutoHeat says:

    Congratulations! Looking forward to reading your articles and then replying to them with my moronic comments!

  9. Chris A says:

    Congratulations, Brock, Hannah, and Stephen! I don’t comment too often, but I look forward to reading all of your posts.

  10. mbonzo says:

    Congratulations Brock, Hannah, and Stephen! Looks like they have some good experience. Nice to see a lady’s perspective will be here too; seimiya is a great commenter so I’m excited.

  11. Jimmy McNulty says:

    “More of this, less Wallace Mathews and Ian O’Connor.”

    This is a comment from Rebecca’s ESPNY article. I concur.

  12. Avi says:

    How do the Yankees plan on replacing Kerry Wood?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      I dunno, the same way they acquired Wood?

    • mbonzo says:

      Kerry Wood’s very important 26 IP account for 1.8% of the total innings pitched by the Yankees in 2010. I think they’ll be alright with Joba or Robertson.

      • Avi says:

        Then why did they have to trade for Wood?

        • Sean C says:

          Shits and/or giggles.

        • Because the cost was incredibly low and Joba hadn’t pitched as well as they hoped. There are a lot of indicators that Joba will be better in ’11 and Robertson didn’t really have any red flags (still needs to cut out the walks but the big K numbers and lack of homers help make up for it, same with an improved GB%).

          • Avi says:

            They payed Wood at least $3M for less than half a season. That cost is actually very high. I don’t see why they wouldn’t need one this year.

            • I meant in terms of trading for him, but you make a good point.

              Anyway, I don’t think the upgrade to Wood from Chamberlain + Robertson is all that big. Wood was more than solid in his time with the Yankees, but he didn’t make the season like some say.

              • Avi says:

                It’s not the upgrade more than it is having another reliable arm in the pen. I don’t see how Robertson and Joba can cover all the innings themselves (even if they’re great). If the Yanks don’t bring in another quality reliever you’re going to see crappy pitchers in high leverage situations.

                • They totaled a combined 132.3 IP last year and a pure set up role wouldn’t require that much of an innings bump. Also, I don’t think they’ll be doing it alone, especially with Logan and Feliciano to play with.

                  I wouldn’t be opposed to bringing in another reliever–Rauch or Fuentes–but I don’t think the need is as pressing as you’re making it seem.

                  Rivera’s obviously solid, and so are Chamberlain/Robertson. Logan may not have a great track record, but he’s still a good option against LHB. Feliciano is also death to lefties. Those four are a good place to start and the other three spots can fill out easily as the season goes along.

                  • Avi says:

                    They had Logan last year. Felicano doesn’t replcae Wood as he only pitches to lefties. I agree the bullpen is solid just might be one reliable arm short.

                    • whozat says:

                      With Wood’s peripherals, he was NOT going to stay reliable. Far, far too many walks. Also, as people have said…money is nothing to the Yanks, and they’ll almost certainly be able to find a Wood-ish arm in July for a fringe prospect and salary relief.

        • mbonzo says:

          1. He was available for the right price. He came very cheap.

          2. He was an upgrade from Joba or Robertson as the setup man.At the point of the signing, Logan was nothing reliable and Joba and Robertson had below average first halfs.

          3. The bullpen was weaker in 2010. I say it was weaker because Aceves and Marte were hard to replace. This year they can put players like Phelps and Sanchez in the bullpen as regular player instead of juggling them through AAA and the majors.

      • They’ll also have Feliciano to navigate lefties.

        • YankeesJunkie says:

          True, Feliciano is actually an upgrade against lefties than Logan with a career xFIP 2.88 compared to Logan’s 3.45, however they are both terrible against righties with Feliciano being at 4.73 xFIP and Logan a 5.49 xFIP.

        • Avi says:

          This is part of what drives me nuts about the Feliciano signing. If you’re gonna sign one reliver for $4M a year wouldn’t you give it to a guy who can pitch to righties and lefties instead of giving it to a LOOGY?

          • Marcos says:

            Sure, ideally you’d want that. Problem is, outside of Scott Downs, there are no lefties that really pitch well to both sides, and committing 3yrs to a reliever not named Mariano is 99/100 times, a bad move.

      • The Big City of Dreams says:

        Alright but not necessarily good.

  13. mustang says:

    Congrats to all !

    The MLBPA has to sent Scott Boras a thank you card for:

    Werth- 126

    Beltre- 80-96

    The guy is good.

  14. Sean C says:

    Congrats to the new writers! I am looking forward to your articles. So long batshit craziness of ESPNNY on my weekends(aside from Rebecca’s article).

  15. gmat2 says:

    Congrats everyone. Looking forward to reading your stuff!

  16. Gregg says:

    No one that is associated with the HUFFPO should be affiliated with RAB…They should be euthonized.

  17. Eric says:

    Congrats to the new writers. Stephen has done some great stuff over at TYU, and I look forward to seeing what Brock and Hannah bring to the table.

  18. YankeesJunkie says:

    Congrats to the new writers hopefully they will bring new perspective and more RAB posts which is never a bad thing.

    However, what do you think the chances are that the Yankees actually start the year with Mitre as a #5 starter. I would say it is about 10% in my opinion and if they did start Mitre I don’t think that would last too long.

  19. Gregg says:

    No one that writes for the HUFFPO should write for RAB…They should be euthonized.

  20. Hey Rebecca, hope your writing gig doesn’t interfere with your World of Warcraft playing. :-P Congrats to the new writers!

  21. Donna L says:


    Repeating the comment doesn’t make it any more acceptable. And if you’re going to be a jerk, at least learn to spell.

    Congratulations to all the new writers! I’m looking forward to reading your posts on weekends, to try to fill the meaningless void that is my life.

  22. Congrats to all the new guys and gals, I can tell you firsthand you’ll love Stephen R’s stuff. His writing is SABR-oriented, always very well though out and researched. I could see him taking slipping a small pill in Joe P’s drink one night and taking over his duties here full time after Joe becomes disoriented and falls into the east river. From the perspective of us readers we’d barely miss Joe, that’s how good Stephen R is.

  23. Xstar7 says:

    Has anyone else noticed how well the Nets are playing against the Bulls? Damn who knew they had it in them

  24. mbonzo says:

    Yankees claimed Brian Schlitter.

    He just turned 25 two weeks ago. His numbers look very good too. Besides his major league crapiness, I wonder why the Cubs dropped him.

  25. Superking says:

    Congrats to the new writers! Keep up the good work RAB :)

  26. Jake H says:

    congrats to everyone who got it.

  27. Speaking of being disoriented, anyone ever suffer a corneal abrasion? I did last week. I was shopping for supplies for work, and while bending over to grab something a cardboard box somehow went straight into my right eye.

    It was tearing and irritated all day, I could barely see and I had to drive home with my left eye. Since my right eye is dominant, that was confusing and disorienting in and of itself. Saw a Doc that night, said it didn’t look too serious and it should clear up in about a week. So far so good, pain is gone and vision is almost back to normal. But for 2-3 days my eye was constantly irritated, vision blurry and the smallest lights seemed to blind me.


    • bonestock94 says:

      At least you’re not blind, eye injuries are terrifying.

      • I understand getting freaked out, but the eyes actually heal faster than your skin does. I wasn’t overly concerned, it’s pretty common among people who wear contacts and women with small children.

        But even the simple act of concentrating on something was painful. My vision was OK in the day, but at night it seemed every light blinded me. And forget about looking at my computer. The whole screen was a blur.

    • Sean C says:

      My friend and I were at Six Flags St. Louis a bunch of years ago, and while on a roller coaster my friend was hit in the eye by something. His eye really bothered him the rest of the day, and we had to leave early (which sucked). He went to the doctor the next day, and he had the wing of a fly stuck to his right eye. I don’t know if it was a corneal abrasion, but it was pretty crazy.

      • I’d say that qualifies. If it went in the white of his eye, he may have only been irritated. But my scratch went straight across my iris. The Doctor gave me an eye chart to read, the left eye was fine, the right eye was 100% fog. I couldn’t even see the chart from 10 feet away, much less the letters.

  28. Jimmy McNulty says:

    So am I the only one that found the pictures of Stephanie Seymour and her teenage son on vacation fucking bizarre?

  29. Joey - hughes#34 says:

    Congrats to the winners! (slash damn you for beating me! lol)

  30. Xstar7 says:

    The Nets are BEATING THE BULLS 78-65 at the the beginning of the fourth quarter. HOLY SH*T!

  31. Mike HC says:

    Congrats to the new weekend writers. Looking forward to reading your stuff here at RAB. Good luck.

  32. I had this big post on Soriano prepared and my computer erased it all. ;_;

  33. Avi says:

    Klaw doesn’t think steroids improve a hitters power. I think he’s nuts. I know two former professional ballplayers (minor leagues only). One told me “get a fake dick if you have to, you do whatever it takes to pass that test”.
    I asked the other “do steroids really help you hit a ball further” His response: Is that a real question?

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      Maybe there are other reasons for the fake dick.

    • Avi says:

      Here’s the Q&A from his chat today Avi (New Jersey)

      Steroids are PROVEN to increase strength and muscle mass. More strength = more power.
      Klaw (2:57 PM)

      No, more strength does not equal more power. Power comes from bat speed and leverage – from your lower half, primarily, and steroids tend to build upper body mass.
      Klaw (2:58 PM)

      But hey, I’m glad you put PROVEN in caps. That’s, like, what, doubleproven?

      • Law is right here. A faster bat equals more power. The upper body mass increase really does nothing. It’s all in the core muscles. Look at guys like Granderson and Alfonso Soriano. They don’t have huge muscles, but they hit bombs like crazy. They have strong cores and legs and thus they hit for a lot of power.

        • Of course strength counts. Power in your swing is generated mostly in the hips and torso area. Your wrists and forearms have to brace the impact of the ball meeting the bat. Strong legs provide the foundation for your entire swing. Getting your bat head out in front and in place to meet the ball is important, but it’s not that simple.

          • Avi says:

            Wow. I play a ball and study hitting and I think you put that beautifully.

            • Thank you. I’m sorry, but this conversation is borderline silly.

              If anyone actually believes a swing is all about “bat speed” try this test. Go to a batting range, and swing at a pitch as fast as you can using only your upper arms and see how far that ball travels. Next, swing at a pitch at a leisurely pace, using your hips and legs to generate force. See how far that ball travels.

        • Avi says:

          Steroids don’t strengthen your legs and your core?

          • pat says:

            Agreed. That’s a ridiculous position to take. Steroids only strengthen muscles that aren’t important to swinging a baseball bat? That’s ridiculous. Roids aren’t going to help you are me play major league baseball. However, if you’re one of the .001% of the people in the world who can consistently put a bat on a 95 mph fastball, being stronger is most definitely going to help. I think KLaw is being a little obtuse.

          • brockdc says:

            Solo Flex does. I know this because the V.O on the commercial says so. Also strengthened: hips, thighs, and buttocks.

    • The Fallen Phoenix says:

      Placebo effect.

    • Like any hot button issue, it seems to push people into camps. You have the ‘doesn;t help your hand eye coordination’ camp that tries to argue they have no effect. The other side has grabbed their pitchforks, gathered the town folks wants these guys banned forever from the HOF.

      I’ve settled on a third way. The steroid era existed, and we have to deal with it. I prefer the ‘higher standard’ approach, where the magic numbers for induction no longer apply to those who are tied to steroids in any way. Doing it that way Bonds gets in, A-Rod gets in, Ricky Henderson…. oh, that’s right. You get my point.

      • Avi says:

        Yeah I agree the very best from any era should get in even if they’re proven steroid users. The numbers they put up are there regardless of weather they’re in the Hall or not. When the conversation comes up of who’s better, Ted Williams or Bonds you obviously take steroid use into account.
        Also if hitting was just about “hand eye coordination” and no physical skill why do guys lose it as they age?

        • Yeah, of course steroids help. Why would players take them if they had no effect? Just to damage their long term health?

          And Bond’s wasn’t just taking steroids, if you read ‘Game of Shadows’ the guy was a walking pharmaceutical company. The anti narcolepsy drugs he was taking put the whole game in slow motion for him.

          • Mike Axisa says:

            Why would players take them if they had no effect? Just to damage their long term health?

            That’s a bad argument. Why do ballplayers using chewing tobacco? There’s basically no benefit to it, but they do it because that’s what all the cool kids are doing.

            • Avi says:

              So players think they help but us stat geeks don’t. Who do you think has more credibility?

              • Mike Axisa says:

                Someone who can talk intelligently about it, like a doctor.

                • Avi says:

                  I’m not sure why a medical doctor would be qualified to have a credible opinion on the matter but ok, which doctor says steroids don’t help hitting a baseball harder and further?

                  • Mike Axisa says:

                    I dunno. Which one says it does help you hit a baseball harder and further?

                    • Avi says:

                      If they help you run faster, jump higher, lift more weight and grow stronger muscles than the burden of proof is on the school of thought that says they don’t help.

                    • Mike Axisa says:

                      No, not really. I’m not saying they do or don’t help, I don’t know. As such, I don’t have an opinion that they definitely do or don’t help a player, as many seem to have. I’m indifferent, show me conclusive evidence that steroids make a player better, and I’ll believe it. Show me evidence they don’t, and then I’ll believe that. Until that happens, meh, whatever.

                      The burden of proof is on the people saying that steroids make a player better (in most cases). Those are the people making the accusations. It might make someone physically stronger, but “growing stronger muscles” is not a baseball skill.

                • What would a Doctor know about hitting mechanics? That’s at least half of the equation, if not more.

                  BTW-None of us are professional ballplayers, managers or GMs, but we discuss all of that stuff here on a regular basis. Why is this topic off limits?

                • Poopy Pants says:

                  I totally agree. Only former players (like Joe Morgan) should talk or write about baseball. Great argument.

              • Would you be comfortable with this stance:

                Steroids most likely help a player get better, but the amount that it helps is something we will likely never be able to grasp.

                • Steve H says:

                  Well said. And how can you penalize a hitter for his steroid aided performance when he was likely facing a ton of steroid fueled pitchers? Even if steroids helped, they playing field was as level as it’s ever been in baseball.

                • Avi says:

                  No, cuz that’s suggesting it’s not a substantial amount it can be perhaps more likely, a very substantial amount.

                • We can grasp the run environment from the mid 90s to the mid 2000s, and it was clearly up from the 70s and 80s.

                  • Mike Axisa says:

                    Right, after two rounds expansion added four teams to the league (that’s ~30 new pitchers in the league that weren’t before) and about a dozen new stadiums opened. There are other factors at play here we can’t ignore.

                    • The small parks got all the attention, but Petco and Safeco were built in the same period. The Marlins home is pitcher friendly, as is Comerica. Citifield is another new pitcher’s haven. The new stadiums weren’t all band boxes.

                  • But that could be from something else than just steroids:

                    –Expansion added teams, which added pitchers who may not have been talented enough to make the Majors pre Rockies/Marlins/D-Backs/Rays.

                    –Smaller parks with pulled in fences.

                    –More tightly wound baseballs.

                    –Better strength training.

                    –Improved bat technology.

                    • I have to disagree with #3. That’s been tested a zillion times by everyone from hobbyists to universities, and winding a baseball tighter does nothing to make it travel farther. The balls weren’t juiced, the ball players were.

                    • Sure, but there were other factors. I’m not saying steroids didn’t help; I’m saying that it’s hard for us to know exactly how much they helped. You may call me naive for somewhat dismissing steroids, but I think it’s just as naive to say that they acted alone in creating a high run scoring environment.

            • Tobacco is a stimulant, which keeps you alert.

          • Avi says:

            Law wasn’t just saying that steroids don’t help power he was saying that strength doesn’t help hitting. Yeah my next question to him was why do so many players spend time in the gym making themselves stronger.

          • brockdc says:

            Ironically, although they’re linked in long term ailments like kidney and heart disease, some help to accelerate the recovery process from intense workouts and injuries. So there’s that benefit, too.

            • Sure, that’s how they work. If you’ve ever done any regular weightlifting, your body hits a wall at some point that you just can’t get past. Steroids allow you to recover faster, which allows you to accelerate your program and increase the weight you use. That’s the whole idea.

    • Mike HC says:

      It is completely laughable to me when people claim steroids don’t help ballplayers get better. Stamina, speed, strength, reflexes, basically any athletic activity or movement. If you take the drugs correctly, they will help. How much they help will depend on the individual player and what drugs he is taking.

      I have a feeling when you do those chats, and do so many of them, you end up writing some things you wish you could take back. To claim steroids tends to only help upper body strength is even more ridiculous.

    • Marcos says:

      The thing with steroids is that they won’t make you stronger and faster overnight, they allow you to train harder and longer, which THEN leads you to be a *better* athlete. Don’t get me wrong, I’m 100% against their use, but there’s a lot of misconception about them.

  34. Legend says:

    Just a crazy thought. Now that Texas has signed Beltre and ha no real place to play Michael Young, how about the Yankees trade for him and convert him to play LF. He has been an All Star at 3 different positions so why not make it four? He still can hit and is an incredible clutch player. Also, if Jeter, A Rod or Cano need a blow or are injured for an extended time, Young could fill in at any of their positions. This would turn us into a much beter offense and with Jeter and Young batting 1/2 in front of Teix, A Rod and Cano we could score 1100 runs. Trade Gardner to the Sox for Gavin Floyd use Nova as the 5th starter and still sign a right handed hitting OF that can play CF to split with Grandy and can play late inning defense in LF on other days.O I am sure it wouldnt take more then Nossi or Warren to aquire him and texas would even kick in some bucks as well to reduce their payroll. OK now I am ready to be yeled at as to why this is the dumbest thing anyone ever heard?

  35. Erica says:

    Congratulations to all! I’m super super jazzed to read your articles!

  36. Sean C says:

    So, I have recently started going to baseball reference while bored at work. Looking up the all-time greats is pretty much baseball porn. And while checking out Rogers Hornsby’s insanity of a career, it provoked a thought: will anyone hit .400 ever again? It’s unreasonable to say that it is impossible, however it seems improbable. The closest (from a quick glance) anyone’s gotten within the last ten years seems to be .372 (Suzuki, Helton, Garciaparra…). Just a thought…

    • The Real JobaWockeeZ says:

      …Wrong. Watching Jose Iglesias is baseball porn. It’s much better than Babe Ruth.

    • Steve H says:

      I’d say yes. Gwynn in 1994 had a great shot at it. They were a losing team and they could have put him in better position to do it, hold him out against bad matchups, etc. With a great homefield I can see it happening. Ichiro actually hit .405 on the road in 2004. Boggs had a few seasons where he hit well over .400 at home. I don’t know when it will happen, but I think it will.

    • Steve H says:

      Boggs page is porn to me, I had to look it up.

      1983 .397 at home
      1985 .418 at home
      1987 .411 at home

    • Steve H says:

      I bet if you put Ichiro, in his prime, in Coors Field he would have done it.

    • bexarama says:

      I love looking at the splits page for Pedro’s 2000. It’s nuts.

      • JGS says:

        His OPS+ against was 18. 18!!!!!! Ramiro Pena 2010 (OPS+ 36) was twice as good a relative hitter as the AL East in 2000 when facing Pedro that year.

        • FIPster Doofus says:

          That’s mind-blowing.

          • JGS says:

            And that was the year after he struck out 313 in 213.1 innings (1.39 FIP, 12.1 fWAR)That 13.2 K/9 set the record which was broken two years later by Randy Johnson (13.4), but Pedro’s is more impressive. 0.2 difference is more than washed out by ALE vs. NLW.

    • Sean C says:

      And say what you want about steroids, Barry Bonds should be in prison solely for what he did to baseballs in the early 2000s.

    • MikeD says:

      I think it will happen. I’ve been watching baseball since the 1970s, and I’ve seen Carew hit .388 (still one of the more amazing seasons based on the high number of ABs), Brett’s .390, and Gwynn’s .394. I think the best chance is a Brett-like season where the players has enough ABs to qualify for the batting title, but a low enough number of ABs that he can still impact his BA more with a hot streak down the stretch. It would have been more difficult for Carew to eclipse .400 with a hot streak in September than it would have been Brett (or Gwynn).

      The one common factor among the three players is they were all lefties and all exceptional hitters. I don’t see anyone in today’s game that are in their class as pure average hitters. I mean, Albert Pujols is a greater hitter that all three when assessing the total package as a hitter, but when it comes to pure average, he’d never approach .400. Yet history says another great average hitter will be on the way, and maybe there will even be a true outlier type of hitter, someone who is so exceptional, he can hit .400 even with a ton of ABs.

      So, yes, it will happen again, but he’ll have to have the right conditions, and a little bit of luck (and, oh yeah, be really good!)

  37. The Real JobaWockeeZ says:

    And Family Guy made fun of McCarver dissing the Yankees. Best show ever even if it’s so completely and annoyingly random at times.

  38. Reggie C. says:

    If i’m the Rays, i’m blowing up Vlad Guerrerro’s phone right now.

    • ZZ says:

      If I’m the Yankees, I’m doing the same thing.

      • bonestock94 says:

        Why, do you really think Posada’s stock as a hitter gone down that much? Or do you mean just bluffing to drive up the price. I disagree with the further and I think the latter is dangerous.

        • bonestock94 says:

          Uh, further…I meant former.

        • ZZ says:

          C. Neither.

          I am both confident in Posada’s ability as a DH, but also on record saying it would behoove (to borrow a word from Hank) the Yankees to get another bat. I believe the at bats will be there for another DH on the roster and I don’t think Posada should strictly be a DH.

          I think if the Yankees do not sign another bat either Montero will have to come up and mash or they will be looking for someone at the deadline.

          • bonestock94 says:

            If Montero isn’t ready I think they just have to deal with Martin/random defense-only C. I think we’ve seen the last of Posada catching. If they sign a DH, Posada or that DH is gonna have to ride the pine a lot.

  39. ZZ says:

    Law really says the dumbest things sometimes because it seems he feels the need to take such hardened positions on some issues. I think Nostra-Artist covered it well in terms of how increased strength absolutely helps. I just wanted to add one more thing to the people and the many baseball writers who have said that steroids do not help hand-eye coordination.

    There have been studies that show because of the impact of testosterone on the brain increasing the levels of it (ie taking steroids) increase both processing speed thus allowing you to react quicker and spatial memory thus allowing a batter to replicate his perfect/ideal swing more often.

  40. MikeD says:

    Brock, Hannah and Stephen, welcome guys…and gal! Although I guess you’ve been here all along.

  41. mbonzo says:

    I guess im the only one that found the picture caption to this thread hilarious. Lindstrom up top for no reason. :)

  42. Fritsthestud says:


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