Around the SaberSphere 11/20: David Cone a stat-head?, Justin Upton, the World Series


Tuesday's edition of sabermetric linkage includes David Cone with a sabermetric tone, why Justin Upton is always on the block, the World Series in jeopardy and more...

David Cone may be my favorite pitcher of all-time after his interview today with FanGraphs' David Laurilla. Cone hates pitching wins almost as much as I do: Q&A: David Cone, Stat-head All-Star | FanGraphs Baseball

"There were a couple of years where my record was around .500, but I didn’t get a lot of run support. I was 14-14 one year and thought I’d pitched better than my record. I had to prove it, because most of the general managers back then just kind of looked at batting averages, RBIs and won-lost records. It would be, ‘Well, you didn’t win 20.’

Ben Lindbergh of Baseball Prospectus gives his take on why Justin Upton is perpetually involved in trade rumors: Baseball Prospectus | Overthinking It: Why Justin Upton is Always About to Be Traded

So: 2 ½ years, nine pages of archived posts with "Justin Upton" tags on MLBTR, and we’re no closer to seeing an Upton trade than we were when we started. In fact, we might be further away. Why won’t the Upton rumors die?

Grant Brisbee of Baseball Nation discusses the World Series and the regionalization of baseball: Is the World Series in trouble? - Baseball Nation

So much happens in a baseball season. Which means that if you're going to follow baseball -- the game a lot of us grew up with and played -- it means you're likely to have the time for only one team. That's it. You can follow that team and its ups and downs for six months, but unless you're fully committed to diving into the pool of obsessive wonkery, you're not going to have time for any of the other 29 teams.

Jeff Moore of the Hardball Times gives us his take on the Marlins' haul: What did the Marlins actually get in return?--THT

When the Marlins unloaded talent from their last World Series team, they landed Hanley Ramirez in return. They never put a playoff team around him, but Ramirez turned into a good enough player that, had the organization surrounded him with the proper talent, he could have been at the center of it. I don't believe that, in five years from now, we'll be saying that about any of the seven players the Marlins got in this trade.

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