I hope everyone enjoyed last weekend's slate of baseball, here's Monday's edition of Saber-Links:
Jason Wojciechowski writes about the MLBPA, the power of amateur players, and the draft at The Platoon Advantage: On Andrew Heaney | TPA
Anyway, the draft was instituted in 1965. The first collective bargaining agreement between MLB and the MLBPA was signed in 1968. I'm on record saying that I dislike the MLBPA bargaining away even more power from amateur players, but the initial step that moved amateurs from a system where they could auction themselves off to a system where they could sign the contract offered them or sign no contract at all was implemented unilaterally by the owners. (Bless the Supreme Court for that antitrust exemption, eh?)
Paul Swydan's piece on a possible Nationals/Phillies trade at FG has bothered a lot of people, a seen by the comments section. One commenter went as far as to say "When did Fangraphs turn into Bleacher Report?"; which is a completely ludicrous statement.
I don't think most of the readers realize the reality of the trade that Swydan laid out. For Ruben Amaro, Jr. to be willing to give up a guy like Cole Hamels, he's going to have to get back a serious package, especially if he was going to deal within the division. The package that Swydan suggested made a lot of Nationals' fans unhappy, but that's the type of return the Phillies are going to need to get any type of Hamels deal done: A Hypothetical Nationals Trade For Cole Hamels | FanGraphs Baseball.
Chris Jaffe at THT writes about the greatest 28 teams in baseball history; don't worry the 1927 Yankees, 1906 Cubs, and 2001 Mariners all make the list: The great 28 (part 1 of 2)
I’ll occasionally ask SG from the Replacement Level Yankee Weblog for a favor. He has a computer set up that allows him to input 28 teams from any period in baseball history and run 1,000 simulated seasons using Diamond Mind Baseball to see how the squads shake out. In the past, I’ve asked him to look at the worst teams of all-time, the best teams to miss the World Series, the worst world champions, the best World Series losers, and various other sims. But it’s all been working toward this. It’s the ultimate for one of these season-simulation exercises. Let’s look at the best teams in history and see how they did.
Mr. Pizza Cutter once wrote the most commonly cited sabermetric work on sample sizes; then Derek Carty helped add a little more depth to the original work. Knowing when sample sizes become useful is one of the most important tools a sabermetric blogger can have in his arsenal; needless to say when Mr. Pizza Cutter revamped the original piece this morning, I got a little excited... ok, a lot excited: Baseball Prospectus | Baseball Therapy: It's a Small Sample Size After All.
Hope you enjoyed this edition of Saber-Links, we'll be back tomorrow, same time, same place.. you stay classy, San Diego.