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(VIDEO) Eric Byrnes Knocks Down Harold Reynolds On MLB Network

In Monday's makeup game between the Chicago Cubs and the Colorado Rockies, there was an interesting part to a play in foul territory. The ball was trending toward the seats while three Rockies...

Let's Go to the Videotape: The Lighter Side of Baseball, Circa 1988

In a spring training preview from 1988, players reveal who they'd pay to see play and gripe at intrusive cameramen. Fun!

Harold Reynolds, Nostradoofus.

Reynolds claims Peralta is a better shortstop in Detroit than in Cleveland. His analogy? "For him, moving to third was like having someone take your computer away from you for a while and make you write with pen and paper. When you get the computer back, you appreciate all the things it can do." Maybe I'm wrong, but this doesn't make much sense.

Press Coverage: TV Rights Feuds, Spring Training Baseball, PTI & The Gus Johnson Effect

With all due respect to Bruce Springsteen, when he wrote the song 57 Channels (And Nothin' On) back in the 1990s, how was he supposed to know that just over a decade and a half later, we'd be able...

Harold Reynolds' Job Search Is Over

As has been mentioned basically everywhere (including the post directly below this one), Harold Reynolds and ESPN settled their wrongful termination suit out of court yesterday. Sure, it’s nice...

Mark Buehrle said, "Nice Pitch." I said, "Thanks."

  Recently, the smoking hot wife of e-gus won the 'Jim Beam take the Mound Sweepstakes.' The grand prize included four tickets to the Jim Beam club($270 tickets including free eats and an open...

Harold Reynolds thinks OPS is dumb

Reynolds blog post on how lame OPS is cuz its dumb lol. Excerpt below: "But what I've been witnessing while I've been a broadcaster is everyone using these stats to try and explain the game of baseball. Not all statistics work. Some do, some don't. And one of the stats that has become real popular is OPS. On-base plus slugging. All of a sudden, it's this stat that defines whether a guy is a good ball player or not. And the fact of the matter is, if you're a power hitter then the situation will dictate what a pitcher does with you - either walk you or pitch you real careful. So more than likely you're going to end up on base and therefore your on-base percentage goes up. This in my mind has become the stat the everyone thinks is the be all and end all. It is not. If you have a ball club that's a great offensive team then that changes everything. But if you have a guy like Adrian Gonzalez, for example, his OPS is going to be high - he's got a lot of home runs and walks a lot...because you're not going to pitch to him. Power guys like Giambi and Dunn have always had high OPS because no one wants to pitch to them. But it takes two hits to score them from first. This is how the game has changed. Dick Williams is pulling his hair out. This is not something people have reinvented in the game. You can go all the way back to Dave Kingman. When Kingman was hot, you didn't pitch to him. If he wasn't hot, you pitched to him. Big power hitters swing and miss and strikeout. Or they hit home runs and walk. And at the end of the year their OBP is always going to be higher than most of the other guys on the team because they clog the bases." Read the story URL for some more Reynolds gold.

Defending Harold Reynolds

Bad writing does not make the analysis bad. Incomplete analysis does not make the analysis wrong. And using a different language requires those who don't speak the language to translate what's being said, not slam the language being spoken. Sometimes we statheads have to meet the non-statheads half way, instead of expecting them to come to us while we hurl grenades into the path they're walking.

PECOTA is mentioned on the MLB Network and discussed by the "experts." This is just sad, and...

PECOTA is mentioned on the MLB Network and discussed by the "experts." This is just sad, and depresses me that *cough* people I know *cough* were not given a shot to appear on the network to detail stats. Maybe Nate Silver - our knight in shining armor - will do so in the near future. Like Fire Ned Colletti said, "While I realize that most people possess the ability to process information logically, it's obvious that some people cannot grasp the concept at all. Pity is what I have for them. Pity." h/t: Fire Ned Colletti

MLB Network talks about PECOTA. Harold Reynolds treats it as a dangerous religion out to ruin what...

MLB Network talks about PECOTA. Harold Reynolds treats it as a dangerous religion out to ruin what baseball is made of. I get a head ache.

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