New Fad: Blogger Profiles

I can’t fathom doing another Retrosheet project on 2006 right now, and I think between “Climbing Out of the Canyon” and the roundtables, 2007 has been thoroughly previewed. I could take a look a Pirates’ history, but that’s Randy’s forte, not mine. I’d take a day off (you’d like that, wouldn’t you?) but I feel like writing. So, here goes nothing… I’m borrowing a concept...

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We're Born Again, There's New Grass on the Field

It’s snowing. A whiteout. The roads are covered, schools are canceled. The weatherman just said we’re going to have four inches of accumulation. In two days, though, all that won’t matter. Our thoughts will be filled with sunshine, the crack of the bat, the smack of the ball hitting leather. On Thursday, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be in Bradenton and Opening Day will only be a month and a half away. I say we just...

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Lineup Analysis, Part 3: Adam Picks Up the Pieces?

The aggregation of Part 1 and Part 2: More Retrosheet stuff. This time, I looked at the number of times the lead-off batter got on in each game and tried to determine what effect, if any, that had on the production from the third and fourth batters. For the purposes of this study, I defined “getting on base” as reaching via a walk or hit–something easily countable in a box score. I didn’t include any times that a hitter may have...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #14

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic recently held a question and answer session with Jim Tracy. Here’s a snippet of that exchange: Q: Can the Pirates contend in the Central Division this year? A: You know what? Who knows? I don’t like getting involved in predictions, so I won’t. But I will say this: I think we’re very capable of picking up where we left off in 2006. We’ve got some young...

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Slugging Sanchez: Lineup Analysis – Part 2

A continuation of Part 1: More Retrosheet stuff. This time, I looked at the number of times the lead-off batter got on in each game and tried to determine what effect, if any, that had on the production from the third and fourth batters. For the purposes of this study, I defined “getting on base” as reaching via a walk or hit–something easily countable in a box score. I didn’t include any times that a hitter may have reached on a...

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Climbing Out of the Canyon – Part 5

The Cubs are the last squad left in my 2007 preview of the NL Central. St. Louis (Part 1), Houston (Part 2) and Cincinnati (Part 3) failed to impress me–it seems as if an overachieving Pirates squad could hang with those teams. Milwaukee (Part 4) was a different story; they got better in the off-season. And Chicago? Dusty Baker’s Cubs finished at 66-96 in 2006, 17.5 games back of the Cardinals (and one back of the Pirates). But...

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