Disabled-List Shenanigans?


"We can't talk about specific cases," MLB's vice president for public relations, Pat Courtney, told Rumblings. "But what we can say is that each DL placement must be supported by sufficient medical evidence, and it has to come from a highly qualified physician." In other words, the commissioner's office is reviewing every case. And doctors are signing every form. And the players in question, their agents and the union have to be on board with every trip to DL purgatory. * * * * Stark then goes on to dissect three specific cases: Chien-Ming Wang's hips, Oliver Perez's right knee, and Dontrelle Willis' anxiety disorder. There aren't a lot of definitely conclusions, although it's interesting how involved the commissioner's office is with the whole process. And might there be doctors for hire here? Via Baseball Musings, via Peter Abraham.

1996: The Twilight of Roger Clemens' Career?


Another self-explanatory title. Nothing too deep, just looking at how Clemens stacked up in 1996, his last season in Boston, using FIP, WAR, and also my first public attempt at using Colin Wyer's BsR-FIP. Bow before my generic number crunching and superficial analysis, mortals! P.S. In retrospect, some Stephanie Myers references would have been good.

BPro To Update Depth Charts Weekly (& Eventually PECOTA)


Clay Davenport wrote today that he plans to update BPro's depth charts on a weekly basis. Of course, he might be using "weekly" in the same sense Christina Kahrl's does for her Transaction Analysis column, but I'll go with it for now. That's good news for fantasy fans who are BPro members, as we can get updated dollar values to use in trade analysis. But it's also good news when you throw in Davenport's claim that they'll be updating PECOTA in-season starting... well, at some point. At first, they'll just do a weighted average of pre-season PECOTA and current stats, but the long-term plan is to re-calculate PECOTAs on the fly. How's the transfer of PECOTA from Excel to database coming, guys? Anyway, if that all comes together, it's pretty cool, and would be the best source of in-season projections and playoff odds, by far.

HIt Streaks and Other Dumb Things


Why I wasn't really that into the Ryan Zimmerman hit streak, and why it was dumb for Bruce Bochy to intentionally walk him in the 7th inning last night (helping end said hit streak and also lose the game for the Giants).

MLB Best & Worst Owners by SI


Best: 1. BOS Henrey/Werner/Lucchino 2. LAA Moreno 3. STL DeWitt 4. NYY Steinbrenners 5. TBR Sternberg Worst 1. BAL Angelos 2. TEX Hicks 3. KCR Glass 4. FLO Loria 5. WAS Lerner I'm not really sure how Loria doesn't finish as the worst overall. And the Boston guys as the best? They almost drove Theo Epstein out of town. In general, the article gives too much credit and blame from personnel decisions to the owners. I'd judge them on the following criteria: 1. Payroll - relative to revenue at time of purchase. 2. Hiring - which GMs do they hire? 3. Meddling - do they tell the GM what to do?

The Baseball Analysts: Johan Santana's Fast Start in PITCHf/x


Rich left the spare key to BA under the garden gnome. I walked right in. Johan = Awesome. He's chucking more fastballs and fewer sinkers and sliders early in 2009, and it's been quite effective over a short run.

Plate Discipline: It's a Thing You Don't Have


Geoff Young of THT looks at some of the most hacktastic players in the history of Major League Baseball. Inspired by Miguel Olivo's hatred of watching pitches go by. Some interesting (and hilarious) data in there. Shawon Dunston in 1995 and Carlos Baerga in 1994 (hooray random players from my childhood) became the only two players to qualify for the batting title with 10 or fewer walks and still put up an OPS+ of over 100. Dunston, meanwhile, joins Tony Armas as the worst hackers with more than 5500 career PA, putting up 203 walks to his 1,000 career strikeouts (260/1201 for Armas). And in 1980, Rob Picciolo managed to walk just twice in 281 PA, which seems like trying hard NOT to walk from where I sit. Of the seven men who have drawn 100 or fewer walks with 300 or more strikeouts in 2,000+ career PA, one of them is in the Hall of Fame. (Pro tip: clink link for answer.)

Cubs f/x: Tuesday's Sliders - Cubs and Padres


A comparison of the six sliders on display Tuesday night in Wrigley. Marmol and Peavy, two of the best in baseball, are included.

2009 Amateur Mock Draft #5 Round One - Minor League Ball


"1. Washington - Steven Strasburg, RHP, San Diego State - Yeah, when you throw a no-hitter with your future team's front office in the audience, you're pretty much a rock star. I hear Lastings Milledge already hates him. Previously: #1. 2. Seattle - Dustin Ackley, OF, North Carolina - The time has come to take off the first baseman tag from Ackley. He played a full nine innings in center field this weekend, all in a single game, and his arm held up fine. Add that to the fact that he's a .400 hitter in the ACC and you have yourself a solid #2 pick. Previously: #2. 3. San Diego - Tanner Scheppers, RHP, St. Paul Saints - This is a fluid pick, and I reserve the right to change it tomorrow morning when I see how Scheppers does tonight. He's slated to go another 75 pitches or so from what I read last time, so I should know more by tomorrow morning. Power pitcher in San Diego. Match found. Previously: #11. 4. Pittsburgh - Aaron Crow, RHP, Ft. Worth Cats - Same goes for this pick. I reserve the right to change my mind. I think the general audience has underestimated just how good Crow is. He was the top college pitcher taken in a strong class last year, just one without a Strasburg. Don't hold that against him. Previously: #6. 5. Baltimore - Tyler Matzek, LHP, Capistrano Valley HS (CA) - Although the battle for first prep pitcher taken is far from done, there's quite a few things working in Matzek's favor. In a year with a lot of uncertainty, he offers good upside while being more advanced than your normal prep arm. Baltimore could add him to the stack of pitching and young hitting. Previously: #8." Andy Seiler makes an early bid to become MLB's Mel Kiper, Jr. Or would he be Todd McShay? The full article contains a full thirty-pick first round. As I know nothing about Mr. Seiler's knowledge or most of the players in his mock draft, what do you guys think about it? Anyone else want to take a shot at a mock?