February 2016

Posted by jemanji on 02/29/16
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. Scott Servais believes that there is a time and a place for a bunt, but most of the time that place is in the bottom of a long-forgotten dresser drawer.  In saying so, Scott climbs over the last crag of the mountain and finds Earl Weaver sitting there.  "A game doesn't last three hours or until sunset or 90 minutes; it last 27 outs." So who knows how many runs the M's might gain, simply by deciding to swing away rather than bunt.  A good capful, we're sure.  But then whence cometh today's "situational-hitting game"?  Man on 2B, 0 out ... the "right" thing to do is to hit behind the runner... Read More
Oh the Second-Rate Novel plots we can write!
Posted by Spectator on 02/29/16
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Let's throw together some plot elements for our Second-Rate Novel, shall we? -- Donald Trump sails along, and Marco Rubio's Hail Mary pass needs not just Aaron Rodgers throwing, but Odell Beckham Jr., Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald and oh maybe Tim Duncan flooding the end zone with somebody's 8th-grade jayvee squad playing defense. -- But, even as the Establishment decides it can "live with" the dealmaker at the heart of Trump, and convinces itself that the Nationalism-Populism is just part of the "persona," the man himself keeps flirting with David Duke and Mussolini and mass... Read More
Mariners history past and present
Posted by hawksinsider on 02/28/16

The Seattle Mariners baseball Franchise begins work on their 2016 season. Here is a look back on how it all started. Beginning with the relocation if the Seattle pilots in 1970 to Milwaukee...currently the Milwaukee Brewers...paved the way for the establishment of the current Mariners. The team was established in 1977. In 77 until 1992, the teams colors were royal blue and gold. Keeping with tradition, the team wears these colors currently during Sunday home games.  It was not until 1993 that the team began to wear their now well known color scheme. Officially, these colors are Navy Blue,... Read More
Zych takes a left turn into clubhouse dominance
Posted by jemanji on 02/27/16
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. There are two articles up today on the M's new pool hustler, Tony "Chicago Sea" Zych.  Chicago Sea might have taken it easy on his boss Scott Servais, according to the articles.  But Abraham Lincoln warned about how the real hustlers end up winning everything that isn't locked down:Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. — Abraham Lincoln, a self-described "billiard addict" Maybe a razor-sharp billiards game doesn't automatically translate to 30 saves, but the cross-training adds an interesting dimension for me as a fanboy.  Steven Hauschka lines up... Read More
Back Leg Specials, dept.
Posted by jemanji on 02/27/16
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. Rock-solid piece here from Andrew Rice.  He notices that Adam Lind is: Good against all kinds of RH pitches Bloody death against RH changeups specifically And, Rice follows on by showing that Lind can hit a changeup hard anywhere, even to the opposite field.  This suggests the same kind of "back-to-front" zone coverage that served Ketel Marte so well.  See the article. ..... Moe Dawg has pointed out that Henry Aaron-style "gliding weight" swings can be very effective, too.  He's right.  It so happens that ain't how Lind does it.  Check out this video in which he leans BACK out behind his... Read More
A Conservative Agrees With A New York Times OpEd
Posted by DaddyO on 02/27/16
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As a conservative I find myself surprisingly in agreement with the following New York Times OpEd: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/26/opinion/the-governing-cancer-of-our-ti... Here is my reaction posted on Facebook. It is not intended to be complete, just illustrative of the concerns I share with the author of the OpEd.  *** Terrific OpEd in the New York Times, one I largely agree with, though as a liberal columnist he seems only to casually acknowledge that the problem he addresses is equally a phenomenon of the left and of the right. As our society grows more polarized politically we seem... Read More
how can one baseball fandom deserve all these riches
Posted by jemanji on 02/25/16
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. Shannon Drayer listed the "first string" at practice this morning.  If you've played sports, you know this isn't conclusive but is certainly suggestive (maybe 30% suggestive in this case).  The first string included... wait for it ... Robinson Cano.  Also Kyle Seager.  Lind was in the first group.  Marte.  Then the other two were ... Chris Taylor rather than Sardinas, Jesus Montero rather than Lee, and Taylor taking reps at the 3B position. DiPoto was quoted to the effect that Dae ho Lee walked by a Joker-sized pyramid of currency to come over here so "we've got to be fair with him."  Also... Read More
The Beijing Marathon Error and the Prisoner's Dilemma
Posted by Spectator on 02/25/16
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There are many efforts going on to “game out” the Republican presidential nomination, but I have only seen one effort to actually graph out the impact of a narrowing field.  It’s from the Washington Post, and entails allocation of second- and third- (and, presumably, so on …) preferences to the candidates remaining in the field. Here is Phase I (before South Carolina): Then Phase II: And finally Phase III:   Pretty clearly, there is no one closely challenging Donald Trump until the race is down to two candidates. At which point the issue would be “is there enough time left?” to still deny... Read More
no, this ISN'T spring training thinking. We read it in the paper.
Posted by jemanji on 02/25/16
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. Never too early to do a postgame, amirite? . SIZZLER:  TONY ZYCH Article at the TNT sez that it took him one major-league batter -- who struck out -- or at most the first inning before he realized "my stuff plays up here."  Ergo, he doesn't have to be too fine, and doesn't have to trick people. Dr. D encourages this attitude in a short reliever.  Not to mention, there's a real shortage of right hand setup men who walk 1.7 men per game, and an even greater shortage of relievers who walk 1.7 men while striking out 11.8.  Hey, relievers don't have to work miracles.  If they keep their heads... Read More
Either Voltaire or Robert Plant said something rather important
Posted by jemanji on 02/24/16
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. Rick pointed out this article, which creates an intersection between two of SSI's most talked-about celebrities.  James goes through a sharp list of five seminal reasons he would hate to see Donald Trump become President.  Then he proceeds to two or three things Trump is doing that James considers necessary. An excerpt: . The Constitution doesn’t say that you have a right to be free from other people saying things you don’t want to hear. It says that you have a right to say whatever you want to say, and other people have to put up with that. . Along those lines, here is a Listverse article... Read More
glad to have THIS settled
Posted by jemanji on 02/24/16
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. The TNT pointed out this MLB Trade Rumors article, Predicting Tommy John Surgeries.  The big takeaway:  only one Mariner ranks in the top 100 riskiest Tommy John situations - that being Taijuan Walker at #90 with a 2% (???) chance of having such occur this year. Bradley Moore and Tim Dierkes seem to have created a very, very robust method for predicting TJS.  That's not to say it's prophetic, but it is certainly the state of the art as far as you and I know.   Further, we are told that shoulder injuries are becoming less and less the issue, since --- > the stronger the shoulder muscles,... Read More
don't run away now, ye cowards
Posted by jemanji on 02/24/16
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. Q.  Another Konspiracy Korner, after Spring Training has started? A.  Dr. D launches another stub with, for the first time, a skosh of trepidation.  Last week's discussion became, at a few moments, rather (1) peevish.  Therefore (2) partisan.  Therefore ... (3) UNINTERESTING. The stimulating portions of the conversation come in the attempts to find middle ground, in the resources that each poster can allocate to the Think Tank while wearing a mediator-style hat.  If we were just going to grumble that 'this channel shouldn't exist' or 'that candidate's supporters are Troglodytes' we can do... Read More
Posted by jemanji on 02/22/16
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. Mariners.com has a fluff piece up on pitch framing. Except this fluff piece, isn't.  Our default assumption is that this type of Feb. 22 article is "noise," but ... that's only a default position, subject to change.  In this case, it so happens that mega-FIP-expert John Dewan just published a piece on pitch framing ca. 2016 A.D., and it is essentially an article on --- > Chris Ianetta! You know how The Sixth Sense was two different movies, the first and second time you saw it?  The Mariners.com article reads differently, before and after you realize that Iannetta actually led the league... Read More
coulda represented this bluff a little better, mayhaps
Posted by jemanji on 02/22/16
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. The TNT has quite the cornucopia of baseball info-tainment up today.  Well, it is definitely a baseball cornucopia when you compare it to the amount of baseball information gleaned from a Chris Matthews interview of Carly Fiorina.   This particular TNT horn of plenty has Scott Servais' disavowal of Cody Martin's impending March line of 10 0 0 0 0 1 10.  And that would otherwise be pure awesomeness.  The Mariners should base their bullpen decisions on track records rather than 8 March innings pitched - if any of their relievers had decent track records, that is. Cishek-Benoit-Furbush being... Read More
this ain't going to be the most exciting road trip ever
Posted by jemanji on 02/22/16
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. Input/Output:  Bill James' Second Law says that baserunners should be smart, rather than aggressive.  Hitters, tighten your zones.  Pitchers, don't push your arms.  And runners, stop getting thrown out.  That's forty years' research talking.  Three fortune cookies, crisp and served with sweet tea. Input/Output 1a:  the TNT quotes Servais to the effect that M's baserunners will be aggressive, at least in March, at least-least to "find out what they can do."  This gentlemen, is truly "Noise." CRUNCH:  What Leonys Martin can do is average 32 steals vs 10 not-steals per season.   Don't forget... Read More
I yam what I yam, Dept.
Posted by jemanji on 02/20/16
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. Jason Churchill puts O'Neill number one (!) on his prospects list.  Exec Sum: Is only 6 months older than Alex Jackson, but played MUCH better TWO levels higher Effortless plus-plus PWR based on elbows down, not on a swing from the caboose Athletic, fast (= potential good defender in corner OF) Would be able to hit in the Middle Of The Order (MOTO) with a .250-.260 average Needs to progress in the attitude of patience, as opposed to progressing in hand-eye coordination . Gutsy call, putting O'Neill first.  Good on yer, selling long on yer own judgment rather than re-boxing the consensus for... Read More
85 wins and a nice night at the ballpark, Dept.
Posted by jemanji on 02/20/16
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. Jeff Sullivan answered this question in his Feb. 19th chat: . Aron: Eno was asked about this yesterday, but curious your thoughts as well. The Mariners and Brewers were used as examples – would you rather see your team try to retool and shoot for the mid-80s or go into rebuild mode and try to stockpile young talent? Are the Brewers or Mariners more likely to win the World Series in the next ten years? 9:32 Jeff Sullivan: I think the Mariners are more likely, because they’re the better team now, and that’s the only thing we can count on 9:33 Jeff Sullivan: My own perspective... Read More
and what a job we did, surviving winter Mordor
Posted by jemanji on 02/19/16
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. What a pity.  Our zero-gravity Think Tanking is about to be interrupted by actual grass, earth, and leather.  Just when Dr. D was beginning to enjoy the long talks with himself down into a turning spiral tunnel. Starting either next week or today, we'll have about six weeks to react to every day's Big Reveal.  Today's is that James Paxton is at basketball weight.  In general terms, "being in great shape" is absolutely the quintessential Spring Training noise -- Dr. D thinks that he and Lonnie and Moe Dawg first hear this one as it pertained to LeRoy Stanton, right after he knocked in 90... Read More
Somebody send Dr. D the T-shirt. Yes, really
Posted by jemanji on 02/19/16
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. Ahem.  There is nobody trying to inflame anything here.  I find this the best place to learn things.  Real things.  Learned quickly.  That's all. :- ) Bill James, author of Popular Crime and a lifelong student of legal matters, said today: . THE SUPREME COURT Do you think it might be time to start considering a constitutional amendment limiting Supreme Court justices to a single 10-year term? Asked by: bobfiore Answered: 2/19/2016 Ten years is a little too long, but yes, that would help a great deal. First, the founders made poor decision in granting life tenure, and second, Congress... Read More
Rent-free Trump Tower: in Syria, for refugees
Posted by jemanji on 02/19/16
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. THE DONALD The word is, that if Trump wins South Carolina, then the "freight train" is clear all the way to the finish line.  ... say what?! ... he has GOT a commanding lead in the SC polls, so isn't that the same as saying that Trump has locked up the nomination? I'm as flabbergasted as anybody here, whether it be on the left or right side.  As with Sanders, I suspect that people are supporting a person they're not very familiar with.  Who, for example, would be his Supreme Court Nominee?  Would it shock anybody if he put forward a Ginsburg ... or a Bork?  Is that a good thing, that we don... Read More
hey, anybody can bulk up
Posted by jemanji on 02/18/16
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. Lookout Landing has some guys who write baseball.  Slap me silly. Jake Mailhot puts up some gifs that suggest Ketel Marte is adding ISO to his game.  Looking it over from an aiki standpoint, Dr. D happens to agree with him, based on first look.  Here, go check out the article and then we'll pick it up. . . . . The thing about being more upright, floating his weight, getting off his shoe soles ... not so much.  Sinking your weight produces power; raising it produces agility.  That's true both in general terms and in this specific case.  We only say that to let you know that Dr. D is not... Read More
M's don't want a piece of yer. They want the whole thing
Posted by jemanji on 02/18/16
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. The Tacoma News Tribune published its rotation preview today.  Previously this week, they'd done the OF, the infield, and the catchers.  On Feb. 16th, the Times had done the relievers, so unless we also need a cricket-transfer preview, that would seem to allow us a flyover.  Was there anything in these previews that was fresh to an SSI denizen?  We'll cull it for yer.  As y'know, we live to serve. . ROTATION AT THE TNT Quick:  picture an article written for Soccer Mom.  Got it?  Then you got the rotation preview. There is nothing wrong with Soccer Mom.  Dr. D married a fine specimen of such... Read More
defense wins championships - except when it doesn't
Posted by jemanji on 02/18/16
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. Dave Fleming points out, today, that elite pitching is NOT required to win the World Series.  Not lately.  As you know, Dr. Detecto specializes in debunking tired old myths ... so that he can replace them with his own even weirder myths.   Yes, seriously.  The myth carousel is about five or six slots around, before it clicks back to home base.  Then we get to slam in the speedloader for another iteration, much like with a Smith & Wesson model 627.   Still, here's what Fleming says: . EXEC SUM and we're talking High-UP Exec From -10 to -30 years gone, that is from 1985-2005 A.D., the... Read More
Posted by jemanji on 02/17/16
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. Lookout Landing has a fine post that we can Exec Sum in three bullets: Age-35 players GENERALLY have age-arc curves roughly equivalent to those of dragonflies hitting your windshield on I-5. Nelson Cruz SPECIFICALLY was actually gaining steam in the second half of 2015. Of the above two points, #2 weighs more heavily. This is bemusingly objective analysis, coming from a blog-o-sphere in which skeptical = objective = cool. ..... We still remember an email that James kindly sent along twenty years ago:  "Fassero is year-to-year, but could reasonably continue five more years."  That'll do for... Read More
if we can discuss this one, we can discuss ANY thing :- )
Posted by jemanji on 02/17/16
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. It would be very hard to find any philosophical tinder more apt to produce a raging fire.  That's because of a little issue called "abortion rights," and we'll hand the microphone to Antonin Scalia: . At the same time, Roe created a vast new class of abortion consumers and abortion proponents by eliminating the moral opprobrium that had attached to the act. ("If the Constitution guarantees abortion, how can it be bad?"—not an accurate line of thought, but a natural one.) Many favor all of those developments, and it is not for me to say that they are wrong. But to portray Roe as the... Read More
that answers one question, at least
Posted by jemanji on 02/13/16
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. DaddyO 'shouted' that you can apologize for Zduriencik on the big names, but it's a lot harder to apologize for the state of the farm system after 7 long years.  He's right.   The world and his brother agrees that the cupboard is more bare than Dae-ho Lee's will be, after he hits his carb crash.  The News Tribune quotes DiPoto, even further, about the need for more contact: . “(The Mariners have) very talented players with a lot of upside to tap into, but it’s only going to happen if we can somehow develop more contact. That’s going to be step No. 1 from a development aspect.” . In other... Read More
lunchtime!
Posted by jemanji on 02/12/16
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. At great risk to life and limb, super-NPB-poster IcebreakerX found us Lee's splits for last season: . vs AVG PA AB H 2B HR K BB LHP .400 83 70 28 4 7 11 12 RHP .264 501 440 116 27 24 98 50 . Which you could call encouraging, I think.  :- ) Just fo yo in-fo, the slugging percentage comes out to .757 vs lefties and .488 vs righties.  The overall slash vs LHPs was .400/.494/.757.  What does that remind us of ... hmmmm ... oh yeah.  That was the year the States entered The Big One, and Teddy Ballgame's slash line was .401/.553/.735.  Just musin'. It's true that 83 plate appearances aren't a... Read More
pravda on the fate of the race, comrade
Posted by jemanji on 02/12/16
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. As Yakov Smirnov would say, "What. A. Country!" in which a mag like Sports Illustrated can collect the Blue Books from 30 General Managers, red-pen the essays, and tape the 1.3s, 2.7s and 3.8s to the glass office door for public review.  Since when did SI know baseball from Aussie Rools Football?  But that's what's makes it so great.   Here's what dey got on us out in the AL West boondocks, and Dr. D's reaction to their reaction.  Below, you can react to my reacting to SI reacting to the most data-intense sports franchises on the planet. . SI on the Angels:  F.   "All they had to do was get... Read More
third-order winning percentage, indeed
Posted by jemanji on 02/12/16
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. Here is Cliff Corcoran's article.  Should we do an Exec Sum or should we "unpack" the luggage of SI's trip through Edgar Martinez Avenue?  Either way you phrase it, here is what SI sez: . (1) The M's did more, as measured by quantity, than any other team. (1a) It didn't cost them anything, as measured by quality, defined in East Coast banking terms. (1b) They were "small roster improvements," small as compared to the Yankees' early bid for Bryce Harper, you understand. . (2) The turnover applied to every sector of the 25-man demographic. . (3) The M's two 'blockbuster' moves were 'missteps... Read More
chess for fun and chess for blood, Dept.
Posted by jemanji on 02/12/16
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. Biology ... er, AI Rick sez: . Hey, off topic but, but since you kinda mentioned it: That last line about chess. I'd been wondering when you'd bring up chess, because although I am not a chess player, I recently saw the movie Pawn Sacrifice and was mesmerized by Tobey McGuire's portrayal of Bobby Fischer. I spend the next day reading the entire Wiki page on Fischer, which definitely needed some serious editing, but I didn't want to miss an important fact in this guy's career. So...anytime you want to regale us with Bobby Fischer quotes, insights, etc. I am all ears. I was especially... Read More
gotta love the batting practice meme here
Posted by jemanji on 02/10/16
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. I don't see this term on Urban Dictionary, so: innings eater A starting pitcher, formerly with a 95 MPH fastball, now throwing 89 MPH.  Uses his "knowledge of how to get hitters out" to run an ERA slightly worse than league average.  A lesser evil at #5 SP if your choice is a pitcher from Australia. If CC Sabathia can stay healthy, he may be able to eat another 200 innings for the Yankees. by jeffclarke238 Feb. 10, 2016 . BULLPEN What's odd is to see such a pitcher in middle relief.  The Mariners' spring battle now shapes up as: FINISH = Cishek, Benoit LEFT = Furbush, one other guy (Hultzen... Read More
Posted by jemanji on 02/10/16
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. LR phrases the issue quite nimbly, sincerely, and to the point: ... Votes can't be bought or sold, but they can be INFLUENCED. You keep skirting around this simple truth. When one entity, a corporation or union or somesuch, can pour as much money as they want into advertising for a candidate, their voice is amplified 10,000x to voters across the country. It's a direct correlation. This influences peoples opinions. You are essentially calling the "riggers" idiots, because you claim this tactic doesn't work, that it doesn't affect the outcomes of elections. So people like the Kochs, who... Read More
Posted by Spectator on 02/09/16
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I have a few minutes here, so I'll share a few thoughts. Pat Buchanan did well in New Hampshire twice with an "angry white male" blue-collar-nationalist approach.   Prior to that, George Wallace had stormed north in 1972, replacing his racial message with an economic-grievance one, and was making surprising headway until his assassination attempt sent him to the sidelines. In other words, the Donald Trump extravaganza is not the first go-around for this particular brand of politics.  It's just the first time that it has been wrapped in a reality-TV version of credibility, and lifted by an... Read More
if you explain it real slow, Dr. D will try to grok it
Posted by jemanji on 02/08/16
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. Greg Johns has a list of 7 players that, DiPoto hopes, will rebound in 2015.  So, we report you decide.  Here are a few of 'em with the HI (2014), the LO (2015), the MID (halfway in between), the comps, and Dr's Diagnosis.  Buying low and reaping high?  It's a cliche that the saber blogs perpetuate, but they're not in on their own joke.  Many Gillicks are called; few are chosen. The MID does nothing but presume a 50% trampoline jump back up from 2015 towards 2014.  Just da numbers in Marcel fashion. . CHRIS IANNETTA, C High (2014):  .250/.370/.400 (!), 123 OPS+.  Comp at the plate:  Carlos... Read More
Posted by jemanji on 02/08/16
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The above picture is of the Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 "Big Boy" locomotive, one of the largest and most powerful locomotives ever built. The M's now have their own "Big Boy" in Dae Ho Lee. I really like the signing. McGrath's take on it at TNT (http://www.thenewstribune.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/john-mcgrath/arti...) is well worth the read. Summary: He's a good guy who has real talent. He's going to be fun to watch. There is some question as to whether the Ms will give Montero a shot at the platoon spot in Spring Training and to start the season and put Lee in Tacoma to get acclimated. My... Read More
Enjoy the fresh air
Posted by mojician on 02/08/16
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My wife and I like to shop at the $5 and $10 movie bin at Wal Mart.  Recently, she bought a season of the old school Mission: Impossible TV show.  We noticed some things from our Sixties time warp: Only people displaying a particular style were allowed on TV.  All men were clean shaved (except baddies) and wore short hair with a part.  They wore suits in public, and sweaters in private.  Women always wore high heels and evening gowns.  Children are not seen. People from the sixties drank like fish and smoked like chimneys.                 I'd like to talk about point no. 1:                ... Read More
very Zen of you, Cam
Posted by jemanji on 02/08/16
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. A handful of Mainframe groks on the subject of being full of your(it-)self :- ) . 1.  If you are a Cam Newton fan: live long and prosper to you, comrade.  There have been a whole whale of a lot of athletes more offensive to Dr. D than is Cam. ... that said, when he gave up that strip-sack fumble to lose the Super Bowl, and sat there on his knees watching, sick look on his face, John paused the tape carefully to put a screen shot onto his phone for wallpaper. It takes a lot to make Dr. D glad when justice is served.  But: I've got my PayPal card right here.  Where is the T-Shirt with a guy... Read More
another 'anti-Ramirezes' reliever comin' to camp
Posted by jemanji on 02/06/16
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. TEMPLATE In his Red Sox callup, at least, Aro used the following repertoire: 11 pitches per inning = 93 MPH fastball (it's 93 on the gun and also 93 perceived) 2 pitches per inning = 84 MPH armside changeup 2 pitches per inning = 86 MPH gloveside slider Other relievers who throw like that -- tons of fastballs with a decent not great snake-tongue offspeed game -- include: Jake Petricka CHI, who fans 6 per game and walks 3 in DiPoto style Roberto Osuna TOR, who throws harder (and dominates) Shawn Tolleson TEX, who has jelled as a frontline setup man If a pitcher has plus command and decent... Read More
wait just a minnit there on that Lee thing, wouldja
Posted by jemanji on 02/05/16
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. It's a whale of a contest.  The Times is asking its readers, Who will be the M's platoon 1B on Opening Day?  The Sur-Vey Sez: 43.8% = Jesus Montero  42.5% = Dae-ho Lee 0.0002% = Some other outcome Captured under that 0.0002% is Prospect Insider, which remains the voice of the field-level crosschecker.  They've got an inkling that you just can't afford the lack of glovework to keep a dedicated 1B along with Lind.  The Times' sports staff has not been alerted to this restriction, and Dr. D would smilingly ask DiPoto with which side he aligns. . BaseballHQ, going into 2016, still sees a smidge... Read More
Posted by jemanji on 02/05/16
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. The Think Tank with 50-ish op-ed pieces on Sanders' appeal.  Time for a fresh thread.  Many of those comments are 500+ words, and tight at that, coming from subject matter experts (including four people who have worked significantly on campaigns, a lawyer, and a dozen people smarter than they are).  ... ;- ) Dr. D used to fret about how long Konspiracy Korner could run its course before trolls ruined it for everybody.  But the exchanges are actually getting even better:  more cool-minded, richer, more diverse. Okay then.  I think I got a good feel for Bernie Sanders' appeal to college kids... Read More
just 2+ weeks until pitchers report
Posted by jemanji on 02/05/16
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. I hadn't seen this Jerry DiPoto interview from last week.  As usual, he was willing to say things that Jack Zduriencik would never have said in a jillion years.  Biggest winner out of the Jerry D hire was Dr. D as a blogger.  DiPoto was caught on camera saying: 1) If Hultzen looks like DiPoto hopes he will look, and half-expects him to look, then --- > Furbush and Hultzen are the two lefties out of the bullpen.  In that sense, it's Hultzen's job to lose.  (Imagine Zduriencik saying that.) 2) Hultzen was one of the best amateur pitchers ever,* one of the best SP prospects of the last 20... Read More
my little blonde college niece and Sanders - what a match
Posted by jemanji on 02/05/16
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. You might or might not have grok'ked that Dr. D follows today's politics much less than you do.  He believes that he is well oriented on the issues, but not up-to-date on what this or that politician is arguing on the issues.  So this KK stub is more in the nature of a plea for education.  :- ) Bill O'Reilly is a fiery guy, but much more independent than the media represents him.  He seems to have no particular bone to pick with socialism, certainly nothing like the ire that Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh have against socialism.  (I couldn't even tell you whether our Constitution speaks to... Read More
that's what Dr. D calls baseball food
Posted by jemanji on 02/04/16
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. Jason Churchill doesn't really consider it feasible to keep a pure 1B as your #4 benchie.  Lots and lots of people agree with him, especially scouts.  Churchill leans toward Stefen Romero to platoon with Adam Lind, on the basis that he is your #6 OF also. Dr. D's view is that --- > conventional baseball wisdom on this point, can too often be either (1) lazy, or (2) a cover-your-backside approach.  Dr. D has little sympathy for a manager who fears the "embarrassment" of, in the late innings, losing his DH for two innings once a month.  He also has little sympathy for a manager who thinks... Read More
would YOU call this a "Rummy!" ?
Posted by jemanji on 02/04/16
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. I think James once wrote an article, "What if you became a GM?  Would your dream be to make 12 moves in 2 months, and turn a loser into a winner, solely by virtue of your blinding insight?"  If I remember, right, Bill accused the 1961 Reds of being such a team.  They went from 90-ish losses to 93 wins, and finished 1st in the (divisionless) National League, based simply on a brilliant offseason by their GM.   One aspect of that coup was that the Reds' SP rotation of no-names piled up a long string of 100-130 ERAs.  This is Dr. D's observation also, that many "surprise" teams wind up with... Read More
Dr. D didn't know you could use a fungo bat as your "gamer"
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. M's Git R Done, and give themselves another draw at the Bucky Jacobsen deck.  :- )  Here is the mini-POTD that we put up last week.  The Exec Sum of that post: 1) A picture's worth 1,000 kilograms ... er, words.  Video linked. 2) He certainly clears his hands for the inside pitch.  Carlton Fisk is my visual ... or Ichiro when he pre-set a launch for the RF seats. 3) Has a track record of "elevating his game" when faced with new and better pitching Dr. D has always fancied the Jumbo Super Sized hitter who can whistle a line drive off the wall --- > using only a little arm swing.  ... Read More
slap me silly, what will Jerry D think of next
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. Bob Dutton wrote a fine article on Paxton's 2016 outlook.  This little excerpt below .... wait for it ... wait .... wait . : . Paxton sharpened his changeup and began working with minor-league pitching coach Rich Dorman on a high fastball. "Guys were always looking down in the zone for me," Paxton said, "because I have that (12-to-6) angle. But when I change the angle, and have a high fastball, they can’t cheat down there all of the time. It makes it a lot harder for them. "I’m looking forward to continuing to work on that in spring training." . Words fail me. . . . . . . . . . Well, we've... Read More
tinfoil hat engage, dept.
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. LOL.  :- )  One reply on the M's depth chart and the position battles, but 100-ish on my tepid mini-summary of Trump's appeal.  So, Punxsatowney Phil (Mariners version) scuttles his little haunches back into the hole and we provide you with a fresh KK stub.  As y'know, we live to serve. LR wrote a couple of great comments, including this one directed to Matt: . If I might ask another question, I'm really curious if you come down on the conservative side of all these issues, as this was the idea behind my initial inquiry into whether you broke from any conservative principles. I've gleaned a... Read More