Here's Wednesday's edition of Saber-Links:
Over at FanGraphs Michael Barr discusses the increases in reliever whiff-rates, and notes that 2012 may be a record year: 2012: Year of Reliever Whiffs | FanGraphs Baseball
We’re just a little over half way to the finish line, so we can’t definitively say 2012 features the most dominant group of relievers ever, but the signs are certainly pointing in that direction. The reasons for such a trend are likely multi-layered, with advances in hitter scouting, better utilization of players suited for short relief appearances, a larger talent pool, luck, among many others
BP's group of authors busted out a list of 10 "washed-up" vets they'd want to see again: Baseball Prospectus | The Lineup Card: 10 Washed-Up Vets We Want to See Again. Classic names such as, Bobby Kielty, Ruben Rivera, and Lastings Milledge appear on the list, to name a few.
Tango links to a great FG interview of Twins' reliever Glen Perkins: THE BOOK--Playing The Percentages In Baseball, but also makes this bold and interesting statement about the state of relievers and MLB rosters,
The day will come when teams realize they can expand rosters to 30 players, adding four more relievers to the fold, turn most of their starters into relievers, pay them all little money, and we’ll have an all-star type game of relievers entering every two innings. Even Verlander and Stras get killed (relatively speaking) the third time through the order, so the realization will come that you can turn them all into 54-game 108-inning relievers and pay the best a third the money they’re getting now.
The All-Star game's host city, Kansas City, shined some light on the Negro Baseball Leagues, as the Negro League Baseball Museum resides in KC. While, I unfortunately have never been to the NLBM, the Negro Leagues have always been the historical research topic, that I have found the most fascinating. Baseball-Reference now has negro league stats, Negro Leagues Baseball History - Baseball-Reference.com . And in a somewhat selfish plug, you can check out my research into Josh Gibson: A Legend in Every Sense of the Word - Beyond the Box Score, and A Statistical Look into Satchel Paige's Dominance - Beyond the Box Score; which used B-R's numbers.
Get excited for the 2nd half of this 2012 season folks! It's sure to be exciting.