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Posts tagged "mlb"

Anarchists' Brunch: Wound Too Tight

Anarchists' Brunch: Wound Too Tight
I've always struggled with the term "juiced" for baseballs that have been altered in the construction process. And not only because of puerile humor, of which I'm obviously a huge fan. "Juiced" makes it seem like something has been injected into them, when we know they're simply wound tighter or the seams smoothed out or both or some other such change in the makeup. Nothing is generally added, at least I've never heard of it. I don't know what you'd add to a baseball anyway. Flubber? Anyway, the evidence seems to be mounting that there's a change in the baseball this season, leading to a spike in homers. Most of it stems from this article by Ben Lindbergh on The Ringer. Hard to argue with a lot of it, and even just the numbers of homers going up, the average of homers per fly ball going up, and whatever else point to something. My question would be: Why...

Anarchists' Brunch: Worldly Matters

Anarchists' Brunch: Worldly Matters
I never know when it's time for the WBC until right before it starts in Asia. And I don't really watch, and with most everyone I scoff at the idea. And yet when the games are on at normal times and on MLB Network or ESPN as they used to be, I always find myself tuning in to at least most of the US's games. I'll check out some innings of other games as well. I paused heading out last night to watch a Javy Baez AB, because... well, duh. We know the problems with the tournament. Past the weird timing, what hockey and baseball don't realize is that they can't really capitalize on what it is that makes everyone pay attention to the World Cup in soccer, or at least a lot of people. There are top-tier soccer leagues in a lot of countries and on different continents. So the World Cup is really the only gathering of every single great player in one place that we ever get. And England...

Anarchists' Brunch: What A Way To Run A Railroad

Anarchists' Brunch: What A Way To Run A Railroad
It seems a little ridiculous that we're four days, maybe a couple more, from a possible lockout in MLB. Whether you can believe it or not, there hasn't been a work stoppage in baseball in 22 years. We came close in 2002, but didn't get there. And a lockout doesn't seem like much in December, but people don't want to hear that word. Sure, you and I aren't going to be too fussed until spring training approaches, but the casual fan will hear the word "lockout" and they'll stop paying attention. It seems completely reckless that we could be here. MLB is coming off a World Series that more people watched in a long time. What they need to do is stay in the headlines. Ok, it's not the league's fault the free agent class pretty much sucks and there aren't going to be signings that make heads turn. But there could be trades. Whatever there are, baseball wants to keep pumping out news about what's on the field to hold the attention of all those who tuned into Games 6 and 7. That's what a smart league does...
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Tuesdays With Fels The Younger - YOU Stay Rational!

Tuesdays With Fels The Younger - YOU Stay Rational!
Hello all. Sorry I've been gone from the brunch the past couple weeks. My laptop Allison (yes, all my devices have names. The laptop is named after the lead singer of The Kills/Dead Weather) needed to go under emergency surgery, and then last Sunday I was returning from a brief trip out of town. But I haven't forgotten about you. Oh, have I not forgotten about you. It has not been the best showcase for Cubs fans this past week, has it? The problem with everyone having a voice through Twitter or the interwebs is that we have to listen to it all. The Cubs getting swept by the worst team in baseball certainly sent some over the edge, and then others over the opposite edge telling those others who had fallen over the first edge how stupid they were being for falling over the edge. None of this is going to be helped by the Cubs backing up that sweep at the hands of the Phillies with perhaps their craziest win of the year last night. Which came only a week after the craziest win of the season up until last night, the Schwarber Game. Needless to say, the pyrotechnics on this season have officially been set off the past week...

Anarchists Brunch: Strange Thoughts On This Nervous Morning

Anarchists Brunch: Strange Thoughts On This Nervous Morning
That’s a line I go to a lot on my various outposts, and it generally means I don’t have one coherent post ready but a bunch of scattered thoughts. Now you’ve all been initiated. The nervousness probably stems from all the visions of what the Niners are going to do to the Bears tonight, and... Read more »

Advance Scouting: Felix Doubront

Advance Scouting: Felix Doubront
Last year Baseball Prospectus ran an advance scouting series towards the end of the season that focused on specific players. The work was tremendous and it inspired me to do something similar for Cubs Den. You can read the BP series archives here. Special thanks to John Arguello, Joe Hamrahi, Jason Parks, Nick Faleris and Chris... Read more »
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Advance Scouting Series: Shelby Miller

Advance Scouting Series: Shelby Miller
Last year Baseball Prospectus ran an advance scouting series towards the end of the season that focused on specific players. The work was tremendous and it inspired me to do something similar for Cubs Den. You can read the BP series archives here. Special thanks to John Arguello, Joe Hamrahi, Jason Parks, Nick Faleris and... Read more »

Readjustment: Castro, Rizzo and the 2014 step forward

Readjustment: Castro, Rizzo and the 2014 step forward
Note: There’s a lot more to this that will be rolling in as the weeks progress. I concentrated on pitch counts here but pitch recognition is big part of what I address in the following column as well. I’m working on it. Let’s consider these two things: 1. Major League Baseball as currently constructed has... Read more »

Den Chat Ep. 002 - Javier Baez

Den Chat Ep. 002 - Javier Baez
Jordan Gorosh of Baseball Prospectus once again joined me to talk Javier Baez, Cubs’ MiLB pitchers and Trea Turner.
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Anarchist's Brunch: All Alone Is All We Are

Anarchist's Brunch: All Alone Is All We Are
Oh look, another hand me down from my big brother. Just like three-quarters of my wardrobe from the ages of 11 to 19. How joyous...