December 2015

go with the flow, Dept.
Posted by jemanji on 12/31/15
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. Here is a tag cloud that is taken from the last week's worth of SSI articles.  If you just joined us, Tag Clouds represent the emphasis of a speech by giving you larger words for more occurrences.  At Wikipedia there's an interesting comparison of State of the Union addresses from Bush and Obama. The first image below uses alphabetical order.  The second image below is from the same text, different image generator; the top three words were "too large" to fit inside the image.  :- )  DiPoto was one; I forget what the other two were.  . Articles 1 Articles 2 . It was interesting to compare my... Read More
does Dr. D's capacity to serve know no bounds?
Posted by jemanji on 12/31/15
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. "Any book worth printing is entitled to an index." - some famous guy I can't remember, or the New York Times editor in 1919, maybe.  Of course, it remains to be seen whether Jerry DiPoto IS worth printing.  Dr. D, however, will go up to 19 bob for an advance copy. The last five DiPoto acquisitions have been done since the HQ/SSI merger: . Grab HQ bumper sticker SSI in two words Karns, SP UP:  200K, 3.25 ERA Swoooooon Leonydas, CF MLB will flush toilet on him.  Hard This thought had occurred to Dr. D also Gutierrez, #4 OF "Pure," and I quote, "speculation" Probably legit LH-basher now Cano,... Read More
come with Dr. D if you want to live
Posted by jemanji on 12/30/15
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. Diderot stated it nicely: . Walking the Walk?  Controlling the zone -- nothing revolutionary here.  But certainly someone thought it was newsworthy enough to create a video and blast it to the masses. . That's the phrase, exactly.  Walking the walk, as opposed to talking the talk.   Baseball coaches, at least through Ball Four-type lenses, are notorious for preaching one thing in March but forgetting it by May 1.  And the players know this.  It becomes like MLB's mandate to keep hitters in the box or I'll Call a Strike on You!  You Better Believe I will!  The players in ST nod politely and... Read More
who wrote that forward, again?
Posted by jemanji on 12/30/15
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. SABRMatt is having trouble following me, and if he is having trouble with it, everybody is.  LOL. ... So let me see if I followed you correctly: 1) C the Z is a platitude with little meaning on its face...one of those "well duh...yes, we need to try to do that" things. 2) You don't believe DiPoto thinks the idea itself is revolutionary, but that he uses it as a focal point for a larger philosophy regarding player acquisition, and instilling mental toughness in his players. 3) You also don't believe the current belief that discipline cannot be tought.  You just wonder how much an... Read More
you are saying 1-2 is worse than 2-1, you fuule?
Posted by jemanji on 12/29/15
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. Jerry DiPoto and Scott Servais have their work cut out for them, don't they.  They are going to teach 150 players, up to and including Franklin Gutierrez, that when the count is 1-1 they are better off climbing to 2-1 than falling to a ball and two strikes.  Dr. D is normally not afraid of hard work, but he knows that if you succumb to a blood-pressure stroke when attempting the impossible, you'll be no good to anybody.  What say we scale it back a bit from this "1-1 is critical" project?   Couldn't we start with something less radical, like whether 40 homers is a good thing.  DiPoto is... Read More
Cross-sports training Dept.
Posted by jemanji on 12/29/15
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. Before last year's Super Bowl, Bill Belichick gravely shook his head on TV and pronounced his own doom.  "The Seahawks just play at such a high level every single play," he marvelled.   Which is true, as you might have noticed.  The Seahawks sometimes lose a game.  Sometimes they even look out of synch.  But they never look like they don't care, and they never look like they're afraid.  All 11 players, all over the field, are giving one-on-one EFFORTS that look like Kurt Russell playing basketball in Escape From New York.  We are blessed to watch a football team that has comPlETEd its own... Read More
Dr. D will take the attitude, if nuttin' else
Posted by jemanji on 12/29/15
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. WHAT THE QUESTION IS NOT The question ain't:  Can you teach Ichiro how to take pitches like Mike Hargrove. The question is not:  SHOULD you teach Ichiro how to approach an AB like Mike Hargrove did. The question ain't:  Do you think you can add 50 points of OBP to Nori Aoki's slash line, by giving him pregame advice. The question ain't:  Can you draft Jeff Clement and bestow upon him Jim Thome's gift for pitch recognition. The question ain't anything but:  can a baseball team play at a higher level if it has its snake eyes on.   And can you make a difference for a few 20-year-olds if they... Read More
one-offs
Posted by jemanji on 12/29/15
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. From a BJOL answer years back: . Is the contract year phenomenon real? DO players really play better in the final years of their contract? Asked by: Steve9753 Answered: 7/27/2013 There's a divergence.   They play better and worse.   Overall about the same, but there are more big years and more absolutely awful years.  . I wonder where that leaves Adam Lind and Chris Iannetta?  Actually, come to think of it, Iannetta just DID re-enact this maxim on the downside, didn't he?  Who else ya got on the 2016 roster? ..... One more archived BJOL thought: . Hey Bill, I am currently an assistant... Read More
if dumpster diving isn't a smartphone game, it should be
Posted by jemanji on 12/26/15
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. MLBTradeRumors: . The Mariners have announced five minor league signings. In addition to the previously reported signing of infielder Ed Lucas, Seattle has invited outfielder Mike Baxter, left-hander Brad Mills, right-hander Casey Coleman and right-hander Blake Parker to Major League Spring Training. Each player has some big league experience, though Baxter and Coleman have the most of the bunch. Baxter split last season with the Cubs and their Triple-A affiliate, logging 66 PAs in the Majors. Coleman saw significant work out of the Cubs’ bullpen and rotation from 2010-12, while Parker has... Read More
Best windup glare since Max Scherzer's college days
Posted by jemanji on 12/25/15
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. WHERE WE WERE: Zych was obviously the pych of a 20-kitten Zduriencik relief litter.  We come to find out that Zych blamed his emergence on a fellow pitcher who, in March, gave him a slider typ.  Well, yeah, pitchers leap plateaus for reasons, and those reasons are ALWAYS something like that.  Grip on the slider, or alteration of the backstroke, or stop ripping the jaw back and forth to start the accel, or whatever. BEST OF THINK TANK Dept: This October post contains documented video images of a 3-headed Zothran slider emerging from the Pacific Ocean: Up in the zone, drawing a garbage swing... Read More
One of yer all-time great 0.0 WAR performances
Posted by jemanji on 12/24/15
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. Q.  Does SSI like Vidal Nuno more than does the general consensus?  or less? A.  Quite a bit less.  Fans and GMs alike see Nuno as a valuable lefty reliever with decent-ish swing man potential.  Y t'ain't gonna git that kinda recommendation here, padna. . Q.  What's the best thing about Nuno? A.  He's one of about five or six pitchers in the big leagues who throw very few fastballs.  The pitchers who throw a legit 33% type fastball game -- you have to count the cut fastballs, here -- Zach Putnam who throws mostly (60% plus) splitfingers (!), Sergio Romo who throws 60% sliders, Huston Street... Read More
Paxton reaching for the Stars... and scrubs, that is
Posted by jemanji on 12/23/15
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. If you consider that the 1-30 starters are #1's, the #31-60 starters are #2's, etc ... the M's rotation, per this golf/tennis rankings system, is: Solid vet #1 Elite vet #2 Average vet #2 Solid young #4 with #1 upside Lower young #4 with 200K upside, per Shandler Top prospect with ML experience Adding Miley and then happening into Iwakuma gave the M's --- > a super-solid TOR, and --- > an electric BOR.  Pretty ideal sitch, no?  You'll take three veterans in MLB's top 50, and then three more young guns with 200-strikeout potential?  Ultimate Stars & Scrubs, baby ... ..... In the... Read More
adding Miley and Karns didn't hurt us none
Posted by jemanji on 12/23/15
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. Last April 30th, James came up with the idea to score 30 rotations using his Starting Pitcher rankings.  Brilliant!  :: guinness ::  That's the kind of 30,000-foot view that he invented Win Shares for:  how do you judge a trade like [Ken Caminiti, Steve Findley and 4! other guys] for [Phil Plantier, Derek Bell, and 4 other guys].  Was that trade more of a net loss than developing a single good SP?  How do you proportion it? Nowadays we have WAR to make those calculations pretty simple, but WAR is just a refinement of Win Shares.  The point is, you back the camera up, and up again, and up... Read More
Dr. D's good cheer knows no holiday bounds ...
Posted by jemanji on 12/23/15
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. THE Q GOING INTO 2016 IS: SABRMatt marvels at the way DiPoto's offseason cake wound up decorated.  He sums up his own feeling about it: I would say that JeDi (yep...I went there) was paying a premium from time to time in trade for the privilege of NOT paying an even bigger premium in the open market for the same returns so that he could fill the holes. Kicking the soccer ball downfield a few yards from there ... another DiPoto grand theme is, "BUY LOW."  Nate Karns, 12 months from now, might easily rate as an SP you'd give a 4/$75M deal to -- but he'll cost 4/$nothing.  DiPoto wanted Miller... Read More
nature's perfect #3 hitting second baseman?
Posted by jemanji on 12/21/15
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. THE Q GOING INTO 2016 IS: Cano had spent ages 26-31 with an OPS+ of 140-145, and the best kind of 145 at that ... a certified .300 hitter with a .370 OBP and 25-30 homers a year.  At age 31 in Safeco, his debut year, he hit .315/.380/.450, racking up another 145 score. 2015's first half was a tragedy, leaving us all wondering whether we'd purchased the last nine years of an early diver. . HQ SEZ: GOOD - Skills-wise, the tale of the two halves is rooted in BABIP and HR/F.  The strength of that 2H recovery means he's still an elite 2B option.  He may even be undervalued if bidders remember... Read More
a rather genteel exit interview
Posted by jemanji on 12/21/15
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. The last week, they've been showcasing Jack Zduriencik on MLB Network.  Jack Z did a really good job in analysis, and gave off a more "I'm OK, You're OK" vibe than Tony Blengino seems to have experienced. .... At the end of the week, Brian Denny .... no, it's Kenny.  did a "fireside chat" with him on two opposing stools and politely did an "exit interview" with him.  You know, "Make your case for your next GM job."  Kenny started with, "How important are analytics?"  Jack Z lit up.  The 10-man meetings were all kinds of fun.  The Seattle saber team would present absolutely everything it had... Read More
and reunites Dr. D with his fave Mariner
Posted by jemanji on 12/18/15
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. Jeff:  "Mariners pulled off a miracle." Cindy:  "Nice for the Mariners.  Nicer for you." Jeff:  "Thanks for the lead." . THE Q GOING INTO 2016 WAS: Could there be any possible way the Mariners could botch the re-signing of Hisashi Iwakuma.  Given that he'd publicly announced that his #1 goal was to finish his career with the M's. . HOW *MUCH* CREDIT DO THE M'S GET FOR ROLLING THE CAR OFF THE CLIFF AND SEEING IT LAND ON ITS WHEELS The experience is much like a SportsCenter highlight in which your center fielder breaks two steps left, then one in toward the infield, and then rrrraces into the... Read More
this is an LA team you'd be snacking on, too
Posted by jemanji on 12/17/15
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. The SWOOOOOOP!  Yeah baby!  The English League finally begins its cultural migration!  It's like the Men In Blazers say:  soccer is the sport of the future in America.  As it has been for the last 40 years. Bat571 reminds us of a famous bit of 116-win lore.  Aaron Sele, in 1999, was coming off a couple of 200-IP seasons for Texas, with 19-11 and 18-9 won loss records.  I don't care how xFIPpy you are; whoever has won 37 games the last two years is somebody you talk about. Sele's velocity was down a bit, and the imaging on his shoulder was less than pristine.  Baltimore had offered Sele a... Read More
question ye Dr. D at your peril, good denizens
Posted by jemanji on 12/16/15
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. Two doors down the Great Hall of Wisdom, a toga'ed SSI rhetor wears an OBF slash across his chest.  He reasons in most spirited fashion that Leonys Martin has quite reasonable chances of climbing the Safeco Mt. Olympus of 3+ WAR.  He argues, in the main, that Martin has in fact done this before, and also that Martin may have been hampered in doing so because of 2015's broken hamate bone. These arguments are (1) perfectly feasible and (2) the first two things Jerry DiPoto SAID after acquiring said glove magician, making the arguments (3) perfectly feasible. ..... Good citizens, panic not at... Read More
Guti hits starting blocks toward 15 HR in 200 AB
Posted by jemanji on 12/16/15
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. This was a thrilling HQ issue for Dr. D.   If you take these 12 pitchers plus Evan Scribner, then HQ and SSI saw eye-to-eye on only 3 of them.  Those three being Wade Miley, Taijuan Walker and Joaquin Benoit.  By "seeing eye-to-eye" we don't mean that SSI had Steve Cishek as minus-minus and HQ had him at plus-plus; we mean that on all 10 pitchers, HQ had 1-to-4 very interesting observations that might (or might not) turn around your projection for the season.  Slap me silly, I feel like running 20 HQ projections in one article. Great stuff :- ) ....... Those 12-13 pitchers, HQ talked past... Read More
the SSI camera angle ain't all it's cracked up to be
Posted by jemanji on 12/16/15
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. Jerry DiPoto has made four changes on offense: He switched the catcher, which anybody would have done (but credit to him for being networked with Ianetta) He switched the 1B; good move there He changed Brad Miller / Austin Jackson out for a no-hit glove specialist, and He swapped Mark Trumbo out for Nori Aoki. ... We'll call the 2015 Mariners the "Trumbo Offense" and the 2016 Mariners the "Aoki Offense."  Is that a fair characterization?  Sure, it is; more on that another time.  In this read, let's just ponder the state of our own existences.  Are we glad to have cashed in the Trumbo'ing... Read More
brevity is the essence of wit, Dept.
Posted by jemanji on 12/15/15
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. con·cise [kənˈsīs] ADJECTIVE giving a lot of information clearly and in a few words; brief but comprehensive:  "a concise account of the country's history" synonyms: succinct · pithy · incisive · brief · short and to the point · [more] SLAP ME SILLY do I hate "concise."  Not for you.  For me. Remember when USA Today used to put out a pre-draft roto value table for every player in baseball?  That reporter with the "baseball beard" had to sum every player up in six words.  Now THAT is heroic. No reason we can't attempt the same, I guess.  Satire or Summary?  You be the... Read More
you get one great inning. pick the right one
Posted by jemanji on 12/15/15
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. In October of 2012, Bill James felt like the landscape had cooled.  Ten years on, he was able to comment on the 2003 "Closer By Committee" fiasco in Boston.  Here's an Exec Sum for you.  As y'know, we live to serve. Bill James was hired by the Red Sox about Christmas 2002. In 2003, the Red Sox (NOT James) decided to save $$$ in the bullpen and get hitters, as Jerry DiPoto has done. In early 2003, the Red Sox bullpen blew SIX saves on their first road trip.  6 of 'em before they ever got to Fenway. Those in the press who hated James tried to hang the "failed" Closer By Committee concept on... Read More
one man's "intangibles" are another man's "derivations of the measurable"
Posted by jemanji on 12/14/15
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. Casey Stengel once sourly pulled a young catcher from the lineup, because the backstop insisted on "pitching backwards."  Called way too many breaking pitches on 0-0 and 1-0.  "He can't hit the curve, so he doesn't think anybody else can, either," groused Casey.  And therein lies a Zen koan, somewhere.  Don't let Casey's quip slide by you too quick.  There was a certain Zen monk who had a WAR table and couldn't figure out why you would trade Wil Myers for James Shields .... :- ) Jerry DiPoto's relief career left much to be desired.  He couldn't stifle an opposing lineup for one inning, so... Read More
siiiighhhhhhh
Posted by jemanji on 12/12/15
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. Q.  Is Cishek a "strong addition" to the bullpen, as DiPoto characterized it? A.  If we were talking about somebody other than Jerry DiPoto and the Mariner "closer" -- let's say we were talking about Minnesota and Kyle Gibson.  Then you would look at the below and say, . Season K BB HR FB remark SL remark 2013 9.6 2.8 0.4 Crisp velo, location vicious 2014 11.6 2.9 0.4 " " " " 2015 7.8 4.4 0.7  90 MPH, wild mushier . ... and you'd say, Well, sure.  His shoulder is going out.  What's the confusion?   Why are we even talking about this? Cishek has thrown 5 hard years as a late-inning closer,... Read More
you WILL repeat this splash trade. Our papers are in order
Posted by jemanji on 12/09/15
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. In the grand tradition of The Donald, welcome to another pompous self-interview.  ... No :- ) the Q-and-A format is purportedly an attempt to make the page more scannable and to service the giant ticker tape that is the SSI Shout Box. . Q.  Is the Adam Lind move a game-changer on the SSI DiPoto watch? A.  It is a game-changer, yes.  Picking from a long list of Dr. D howls about the previous moves, the first howl was that --- > --- > DiPoto seemed to exaggerate his own "kind" of player (tough AB's with low OPS's, good gloves, and safe pitchers).  He seemed to exaggerate them far, far... Read More
the entire offseason slides in ahead of Dr. D's tag
Posted by jemanji on 12/09/15
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. Q.  Does SSI like Adam Lind more, or less, than does the general consensus? A.  It likes him more.  The 'Adam Bomb' batted cleanup for the Brew, but even so, this guy is underrated by fans and by sabes.  Not by GM's any more, apparently. Lind's RC/27 the last three years, as he aged from 29 to 31, were 5.9, 6.8, and 6.2.  This means that a lineup full of Adam Linds would have scored you 6.3 runs per game.  That is FAR more than Kyle Seager's BEST year of 5.3 runs per game and those figures include Lind's AB's vs left hand pitchers! You get into the 6+ runs territory, a hitter of Lind's... Read More
as usual, Dr. D waffles back and forth
Posted by jemanji on 12/09/15
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. This article contains my opinions on a hot social topic.  If you don't want to read these, you know where your browser buttons are.  :- ) . Chapman is now persona non grata to many, if not most, MLB clubs.  Without a doubt that would include Seattle's MLB club.  This is an injustice.  But the practical ramifications are clear:  no Chapman closing for the Mariners in any scenario. . WHAT A BULLY NEEDS IS A GOOD KNUCKLE SANDWICH If I were king, and a man punched a woman, I'd have him horsewhipped in public.  I'm talking about the kind of whipping that puts you in the hospital.  And if I see... Read More
Dr. D likey
Posted by jemanji on 12/08/15
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. Q.  Do you like the move? A.  A lot.  Assuming we didn't give up Paxton, Montero, or Taijuan for him. My idea of a PTBNL is more like Leon Landry than "Take your pick of anybody not on our 40-man roster" but that's just me.  Will be watching for the PTBNL announcement through slits in my fingers. . Q.  What's the bottom line out of Oakland? A.  90% of A's fans say "good riddance, hope we got $50,000 for him" and the more alert 10% are, apologetically, "It always felt like he was one tweak away from being lights out."  Dr. D is more with the 10% than he is with the 90%. . Q.  What's the deal... Read More
Why a 200 inning man is worth something.
Posted by mojician on 12/08/15
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Hernandez 201.666 Walker 169.666 Iwakuma 129.666 Elias 115.3333 Happ 108.6666 Montgomery 90 Nuno 74.666 Smith 70 Paxton 67 Wilhelmsen 62 Farquhar 51 Rodney 50.6666 Beimel 47.3333 Other 225.3333 Total 1462.997 Here are the inning totals for 2015.  Notice, the lack of workhorseness from pitchers not named Felix.  In 2015, the league average OPS against for pitchers was .723.  The only guys who beat that were Felix, Iwakuma, Walker and Paxton for the rotation, and Furbush, Smith, Zych, Kensing and Wilhelmsen for the bullpen.  The good relievers only pitched 161.333 innings.  The good starters... Read More
DiPoto chews the Ackleys and Bloomquists of the roster
Posted by jemanji on 12/08/15
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. One cubicle to the left, you have The Counselor's golfclap following DiPoto's putt that hit the "Stabilization" cup dead center.  Dr. D golfclaps the Counselor's golfclap: James was the first to point out, "Most of a player's value is in being average."    ... The Mariners had 25 (!!) different players combine for -9.1 WAR last year.  -5.2 hitting and -3.9 pitching.  Replace those 25 guys with 'worthless' 0.0 players and the M's go from 76 wins to 85 wins without doing anything else. The following players' 2015 WAR totals are at far right.  Can you believe TWENTY-FIVE of these dudes!  ... Read More
it ain't like he can't pitch
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. Cool Papa Bell sez, in a comments thread, . [The Elias-Smith trade] is extremely incrongruent with how Dipoto handled Iwakuma. With Iwakuma he was both very spendthrift and very patient. He obviously wasn't just looking to save a penny but was perfectly happy to take as much time as necessary to break Iwakuma down. But the moment Iwakuma signs elsewhere, Dipoto rushes to make a deal with Boston and pays a huge premium to do so. It really looks like Dipoto was embarrassed and felt he had to immediately do something to reclaim some dignity. That may be not be fair, but Miley sure doesn't look... Read More
Like Z, our new GM has nothing against Funky-Lookin
Posted by jemanji on 12/07/15
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. Enough of the dirge.  Here's a Missile Command-style Wiki stub on Wade Miley.  Before the 2015 season -- during which Miley pitched as he always has pitched -- BaseballHQ summed up his 2014 season: . From 2012 to 2014, his ERA eroded while his xERA improved. What do you believe? Skills, of course. FpK (first pitch strike % - Dr. D) gives hope that Ctl (walk rate - Dr. D) will rebound (from 3.4 back to 2.9, which it did, exactly - Dr. D). 1st half woes were caused by poor S% and hr/f, which corrected in the 2nd half and should stabilize. In the end, this is a league-average pitcher.... Read More
Dr. D rues his fate as a sports fan
Posted by jemanji on 12/07/15
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. It's Dr. D's curious fate that he is a fan of the Seattle Mariners and also a fan of the Arsenal Gunners.  These organizations are as alike in personality as are Chuck Armstrong and Howard Lincoln.  The Mariners and Gunners apparatuses are chillingly competent and chillingly focused on year-to-year cash flow.  In the context of their budgets, they both provide the minimum on-field success required to accomplish the business goals. Why me?  Why couldn't I have been a Manchester City fan and a Red Sox fan?  (Especially after the Carson Smith trade.) .... From about 2005-2011, Cesc Fabregas... Read More
a magical era while it lasted
Posted by jemanji on 12/07/15
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. DaddyO has a motion on the floor, that we hereafter cease and desist all use of the term JeDi.  Dr. D offers a solid "Second!" of the motion.  The M's might very well win 100 games next year, but Beane Jr. will always be DiPoto to me.  Well, come to think of it, he might become Beane Jr. or something. Lot of shtick going on today.  SSI responds with a Missile-Command first person shooter approach.  Stream of consciousness on each of the 5-to-10 incoming MIRV warheads falling upon the souls of the Mariner faithful.  We pay a heavy price in terms of POTD detail, but gain in the ability to... Read More
SSI denizens return to the white board
Posted by jemanji on 12/05/15
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. Our last White Board update was on Nov. 18th.  Wow, a lot of things have solidified.  By "a lot of things" we mean everything in the bottom half of the inning.  Except that Jerry DiPoto is threatening to scrounge a cheap 1B. No, actually last time 'round we kidded that Leonys Marteen was the Designated Athlete, being as he was all we had to show for a Grand Philosophical Sea Change.  But!  A glance at the white board will reveal that the M's have now also swapped Mark Trumbo out for Norichika Aoki.  Now, THAT's athleticism that even Dr. D cannot gainsay.  Maybe the New M's can't take the... Read More
let's talk real deal on "culture change," shall we
Posted by jemanji on 12/03/15
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. Dr. Detecto may be acquiring a reputation as being anti-DiPoto this week.  Let's put "PAID" to that check right here and now. Merrillific linked us to Jerry DiPoto's rationale for his most recent moves: . "We're going to rotate the outfield. The one thing for certain is that Nori will play regularly. Franklin will get his at-bats against left-handed pitching, and Seth Smith will get his versus right, but we will use the two corners and the DH role as an opportunity to make sure that all those players are getting their playing time. Nelson is going to play RF, he's going to DH. Seth and... Read More
Posted by jemanji on 12/03/15
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. THINK TANK PLAYER OF THE DAY Delicious to have a geniuine player controversy already.  When's the last time we had a 40-comment firefight on a Dr. D player evaluation?!  Told you this DiPoto guy would pay off :- ) M'man Cool Papa Bell is having way too much fun in the Shout Box and Comments.  He's pointing out that it's tough to trade "a setup reliever" for "three years of "a proven, starting major league regular." .... If that is what we are getting -- a center fielder who can bat 80-90 OPS+ and win a Gold Glove in center field -- then the trade is a good one, no argument.  Says here that'... Read More
Texas deal was a lemon WHEREVER it goes from here
Posted by jemanji on 12/02/15
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So the deal was:  Leonys Martin, platoon CF, and Anthony Bass, #12 pitcher on the staff, for James Jones, CF who may be as good as Martin, Tom Wilhelmsen, CL/SU/Long, AND ... Patrick Kivlehan, #5 org prospect. The stated idea:  a "more usable" roster.  (This shortly followed a swipe that DiPoto couldn't outline the differences between himself and Zduriencik because that would 'give away our advantage.'  You get it?  And it would give away Zduriencik's disadvantage.  Talk about over-promise under-deliver.) . #5 ORG PROSPECT I was never Patrick Kivlehan's biggest fan.  I'm not in the least... Read More
well, not that lite
Posted by jemanji on 12/02/15
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Q.  Can a player stay in the big leagues if he has no ISO?  If he only hits singles and doesn't scare the pitcher? A.  He can, yes.  Let's get these two ideas straight, pardner. TRUE:  a hitter of ordinary talent / mortal stature can NOT become a star with a low ISO.  They'll refuse to walk him. FALSE:  a hitter of ordinary talent / mortal stature can NOT stay in the bigs with a low ISO and a 100 OPS+. Dr. D pointed out the TRUE version of this idea back when the Mariners traded John Jaso's .394 OBP to the Oakland A's for Mike Morse.  The idea had traction with the Think Tank, ex-specially... Read More
not that he's earned a honeymoon to the Caymans, yet
Posted by jemanji on 12/02/15
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. The Shout Box is getting to be like a Google Glasses hybrid car or something.  Drives itself.  And, with a perfect operational record.  Not much for Dr. D to do any more, is there?  :: sob :: One thing, though.  The thought was floated that DiPoto is making trades just to make trades, and that only the Karns deal did anything to improve us.  Okay, Dr. D occasionally may return to the role of snapping amigos back to reality. . NATE KARNS Stipulated by the amigos. . JOAQUIN BENOIT Forgotten by the amigos, apparently. . THE CATCHER POSITION Chris Iannetta was one of those "flip the coin and... Read More
setting our goals a little light, ain't we
Posted by jemanji on 12/01/15
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. Q.  Deal Trumbo AND Morrison BEFORE you inload your next 1B off the dock?  meaning what? A.  The depth chart off the M's own website is bemusing: . M's depth chart . Jesus Montero is currently both the 1B and the DH.  Which would be okay with Dr. D.  But it shows you what kind of confidence we are dealing with here.  BAM there goes Logan Morrison BOOM there goes Mark Trumbo  :: rubs hands together so fast they burst into flame :: OK, guys, where's the checkmate?  I know it's here somewhere ... Dr. D is excited about DiPoto's arrogance.  Either LAA marginalized this guy for a blinkin' good... Read More