Your Latest “Gregory Polanco is Really Good” Update
Jan22

Your Latest “Gregory Polanco is Really Good” Update

Gregory Polanco has had a big off-season in the Dominican Winter Leagues. Now he’s having a huge series in the Dominican League finals. On Monday he showed off his plus speed, beating out a grounder to the second baseman. Forbes to Federal was able to find the video, so you can see just how fast Polanco really is. When I first imagined the play, I imagined something where the second baseman didn’t field the ball cleanly,...

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FanGraphs Releases the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 ZiPS Projections
Jan17

FanGraphs Releases the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 ZiPS Projections

FanGraphs has released the 2014 ZiPS projections for the Pittsburgh Pirates. There are a lot of projection systems out there, but ZiPS is one of the most popular ones, and also one of the better systems. As I mentioned last night, I’ll be doing some analysis using these figures, and that analysis will come later tonight. For now, here is a quick rundown of what was said in the article. **Talking about the first base position,...

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Instant Replay Officially Approved in Baseball
Jan16

Instant Replay Officially Approved in Baseball

Throughout the off-season, we’ve heard a lot about how MLB will most likely be adding instant replay in 2014. Today that became official, as all parties involved approved replay for the upcoming season. https://twitter.com/jonmorosi/status/423897299387826176 https://twitter.com/jonmorosi/status/423897465662611456 Now if we can retroactively replay the Jerry Meals call…

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Six Pirates File For Arbitration
Jan14

Six Pirates File For Arbitration

The MLB Players Association announced today that 146 players have filed for arbitration. That list includes all six Pirates who were eligible: Pedro Alvarez, Vin Mazzaro, Mark Melancon, Gaby Sanchez, Travis Snider, and Neil Walker. The process to file for arbitration is only a formality, and isn’t really significant. The significant move this week will be when the teams and players exchange figures on Friday. Once the two sides...

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Winter Leagues: Updates For Marte and Polanco
Jan14

Winter Leagues: Updates For Marte and Polanco

Very little action on the schedule Monday, but the Starling Marte situation always has something new each day. The soap opera started with him leaving a game early last Sunday. He then missed the next two games and had a team off day on Wednesday. The word we got was that he was just resting, but then it came out that he had a minor back injury. Marte returned on Thursday, played Friday as the designated hitter and then sat out...

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Small Market Teams in Baseball: A League of Takers?
Jan13

Small Market Teams in Baseball: A League of Takers?

One thing I’ve done differently this off-season is to shut it down most weekends and take a few days off. After Thursday night’s First Pitch is done, I know I can go out with my friends that night and the rest of the weekend, along with catching up on all of the TV I missed throughout the week. I’m hoping this will avoid burnout in September, which seems to happen each year. If anything, it does mean that I get to...

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