Thursday, June 24, 2004

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Under The Knife: At Least That's What You Said

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Under The Knife: At Least That's What You Said: "The Cards are sorely missing Jim Edmonds, who's missing due to a sore groin. It's hard to quantify, but anyone who's watched the past couple nights has seen more balls go to the gaps than at any point in Edmonds' Cards tenure. Edmonds is supposed to be out until Friday, when he'd DH in Kansas City, but whispers are that he may return to the field on Thursday."

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Royalties & Cardinalate

Royalties & Cardinalate

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Philadelphia Inquirer | 06/15/2004 | South Jersey agent sued by Cards OF

Philadelphia Inquirer | 06/15/2004 | South Jersey agent sued by Cards OF: "Ray Lankford, a veteran leftfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, has accused his South Jersey agent and others of swindling him out of more than $1 million."

Monday, June 14, 2004

ESPN.com - MLB - Miller: Clubhouse confidential

ESPN.com - MLB - Miller: Clubhouse confidential: "It was two years ago this month that Edmonds and his Cardinals teammates learned that Darryl Kile had died, as they were getting ready to play the Cubs that day in Wrigley. St. Louis no longer stays in the Westin where Kile was found in his room, and shortly after his friend's death, Edmonds took to wearing a bracelet with DK57, Kile's uniform number, inscribed on it. At the end of last season, Edmonds decided he no longer wanted to wear the bracelet and decided he'd join many of his younger baseball brethren and get a tattoo. Former teammate Mike James is covered in body art on his back, but at the neckline where a shirt label would go, James has a simple DK57. Edmonds liked it so much, he had a tattoo artist trace it exactly, and copy it onto his right inside wrist. Instead of having it done in his native California, Edmonds went with James to a parlor in St. Louis to add sentiment to his permanent tribute to his late friend. The bracelet is now on his nightstand."

Sunday, June 13, 2004

Shoulder Surgery

Shoulder Surgery: "I am Jack's inflamed rotator cuff. This is your life, and it's being recorded, one second at a time. Okay, so I had to work a Fight Club reference somewhere.

About 9 years ago my dad was needing some relief from persistent shoulder pain. After the fun and joys of X-rays and MRI's he elected to have surgery to correct a bone spur that had literally torn the innards of his rotator cuff apart.

And now for your viewing pleasure, Punkin Eater's shoulder surgery"

New York Daily News - Sports Columnists - Bill Madden: Early trade grades are in and ...

New York Daily News - Sports Columnists - Bill Madden: Early trade grades are in and ...: "Name to remember: Mike Ferris, Miami (Ohio) 6-2, 225-pound, lefthanded first baseman, who hit .360 with 26 HR, 105 RBI in 383 at-bats this year. He was taken by the Cardinals at No. 60 in the second round. 'By far, the best position player in the draft,' said one scout. Yet, both the Yankees and Mets passed on him in the second round, taking college pitchers instead. 'We were shocked he was still there at (No.) 60,' said Cardinals scouting director John Mozeliak."

Friday, June 11, 2004

Baseball Musings: Rolen vs. Schmidt

Baseball Musings: Rolen vs. Schmidt: "So given that Rolen was good at a younger age, he's ahead of Schmidt. But once Schmidt became great, he did a much better job of staying at a high level consistently. There's a long way to go to Rolen's career; a long way to go before we can truly say he's better than Schmidt. He'll need to put together a few seasons above 30 win shares for that to happen."

Synopsis: Rolen is good

Get Up, Baby!

Get Up, Baby!: "Does Carlos Zambrano really need to throw 121 pitches to protect his ten run lead? Unless that was an eleven-run homer by Ray Lankford I really don't see the point, but then, Dusty is paid by the pitch, it seems.

Haren didn't look horrible until he got two strikes on guys, he didn't seem to have an out-pitch at all. Worryingly Simontacchi-like. "

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Prospectus Today: Institutional Imbalance

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Prospectus Today: Institutional Imbalance:


NL Central Opp. Pct. Non-Common Series
Reds .512 A's, Rangers, Indians (2)
Cardinals .468 Rangers, A's, Royals, Mariners
Astros .521 Mariners, Angels, Rangers (2)
Cubs .566 Angels, A's, White Sox (2)
Brewers .511 Angels, Mariners, Twins (2)

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Prospectus Triple Play: Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Prospectus Triple Play: Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres: "This can't be welcome news to San Francisco's one-man offense, Barry Bonds. Here's a list of all active pitchers with a 0.000 OPS vs. Barry Bonds, minimum 3 ABs:


Opposing pitcher AB H BB SO OPS
Tim Wakefield 7 0 0 2 .000
Jeff Suppan 6 0 0 0 .000
Todd Van Poppel 5 0 0 4 .000
Julian Tavarez 4 0 0 1 .000
Kyle Lohse 3 0 0 0 .000
Derek Lowe 3 0 0 0 .000"

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Prospectus Triple Play: Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Prospectus Triple Play: Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres: "This can't be welcome news to San Francisco's one-man offense, Barry Bonds. Here's a list of all active pitchers with a 0.000 OPS vs. Barry Bonds, minimum 3 ABs:


Opposing pitcher AB H BB SO OPS
Tim Wakefield 7 0 0 2 .000
Jeff Suppan 6 0 0 0 .000
Todd Van Poppel 5 0 0 4 .000
Julian Tavarez 4 0 0 1 .000
Kyle Lohse 3 0 0 0 .000
Derek Lowe 3 0 0 0 .000"

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | You Could Look It Up: Draft Edition

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | You Could Look It Up: Draft Edition: "# 1986: St. Louis Cardinals, Luis Alicea (#23, C). You probably remember this guy. Alicea played 1,341 games in the majors. He never hit in the minors. As weak a hitter as he was in the majors, he was actually somewhat better than one would have been led to expect from his record. Curt Schilling, Kevin Tapani, Jamie Navarro, Jerome Walton, Dave Hansen, and Erik Hanson among others went off the board before the Cardinals picked again."

ESPN.com - MLB - Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings

ESPN.com - MLB - Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings: "One NL executive's nominee for the best second-round sleeper in the draft: Miami of Ohio first baseman Mike Ferris, who went to the Cardinals with the 60th overall pick.

Ferris' 21 homers, .755 slugging percentage and 1.268 OPS were the highest among all college position players taken in the first two rounds. And while he may not have played in a powerhouse conference, the same executive says:

'I saw him in a series against Rice, which had three first-round (pitching) picks. And he went 5-for-8, with 4 walks, a homer over the scoreboard, a triple off the center-field wall and a double off the left-field wall. Of all the players I saw, this guy was the best hitter in the country.'"

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Redbird Nation

Redbird Nation: "Marlon Anderson is among the least polished OFers ever. He goes after flyballs like he's navigating invisible buoys.
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The Cub Reporter: Comment on Blather

The Cub Reporter: Comment on Blather: "One other thing. WIth all the caterwauling over Patterson, how about the culpability of Hendry's farm system in providing zero teaching during Corey's rise through the system? A common trait most of us share is thinking 'good' or 'bad' about something or someone, when the truth is 'some good, some bad.' The farm system has been so notoriously successful of late that the fact we've developed few hitters, like, ever, gets ignored, and I think it's because the farm system is, well, good. It's not. We draft well, we develop pitchers well. We suck at developing hitters and that's a big reason why Corey isn't one."

Uni Watch - Meet the Mets' sewing machine. By Paul Lukas

Uni Watch - Meet the Mets' sewing machine. By Paul Lukas: "And that's how Gompers, a former trucker, ended up stitching and embroidering his favorite team's jerseys. He's still giddy and unjaded about his important behind-the-scenes role, like a little kid with a permanent trip to fantasy camp. 'The Mets aren't actually a big part of my business, dollar-wise,' he says, 'but in terms of prestige and credibility, man, it's the best! I get to go to any game I want, I get a good seat, I got to go to Japan when the Mets played there in 2000—I love it!'"

Baseball Crank: BASEBALL: 2004 NL Central Established Win Shares Report

Baseball Crank: BASEBALL: 2004 NL Central Established Win Shares Report Cardinals: "The preseason favorite for the wild card, by EWSL calculations. That infield is just scary, even with Womack: a collective EWSL of 94, and 36 thus far this season through June 3, a pace for 110 even with Renteria playing poorly. In the Ken Boyer comment in the New Historical Abstract, Bill James notes that the record for Win Shares by one infield is 119 (the 1914 A's), and just 41 teams all time with 95 or more. That's pretty good company."

Reds Daily: New SI Cover

Reds Daily: New SI Cover: "If Griffey breaks his leg tonight we'll know who to blame."

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Black Shoes, Low Stirrups and a Clean Shave

Black Shoes, Low Stirrups and a Clean Shave: "Redbirds Rising (Pitching)

Cards fans seem disappointed in their pitching, despite low expectations going into the season. I guess their view is shaded by a poor but improving start by their go-to guy of the past three seasons. But taken as a whole their staff has been much better than anyone could have predicted, and much better statistically than the Reds hurlers. "

Black Shoes, Low Stirrups and a Clean Shave: Redbirds Rising (Offense)

Black Shoes, Low Stirrups and a Clean Shave: Redbirds Rising (Offense): "Much like the Reds, the Cardinals have used a sustained winning streak (six games) mostly at the expense of the Astros to move to the top of the division. Despite continued winning ways by our boys since our own big win streak was snapped (a road sweep of the World Champion Fish, and 2 of 3 taken from the Expos in Montreal), an off day and a loss at the hands of Zach Day on Friday has been all the surging Cards have needed to whittle the Reds lead down.

How have they done it, and how do they stack up to the Reds? "

Get Up, Baby!

Get Up, Baby!: "being a minor league fan favorite tends to not be good news."

Monday, June 07, 2004

Baseball America - 2004 MLB Draft Blog

Baseball America - 2004 MLB Draft Blog: "There are no bigger days in the Baseball America year than draft days, and this year we bring you our annual Draft Blog. Whenever one of our draft experts has a tidbit of information, a piece of analysis or an impression of something from the draft, you'll find it here."

HaloScan.com - Comments

HaloScan.com - Comments: "2004 Reds = 2003 Royals"

The Cub Reporter: June 2004 Archives

The Cub Reporter: June 2004 Archives

“Wasn’t that so Cub.”
A fan, after the Cubs lost Prior’s season debut, 2-1 (New York Times, 6/5/04)

Saturday, June 05, 2004

Strikethree.com Baseball News, Analysis and Commentary

Strikethree.com Baseball News, Analysis and Commentary: "The difference between high school and college players who become regular major-league starters is half a percent (8.8 for college, 8.4 for high school). High school draftees have grown into more above-average players and more stars than their college counterparts over those seven years."

U.S.S. Mariner

U.S.S. Mariner: "1. The A's 'college-only' philosophy is wrong, flat out. Ignoring high school players as an entity because of their risk fails to allow you to recognize the times when the reward does indeed outweigh the risk. Putting yourself in a box and refusing to see the limitations of a hard-and-fast set of evaluation techniques raises your likelyhood of making a mistake. And, this isn't retrospective piling on, as I wrote a column about this last year, but the famed Moneyball draft was basically a disaster for the A's. "

Friday, June 04, 2004

Wired 12.06: The Ultimate Pitching Machine

Wired 12.06: The Ultimate Pitching Machine: "Capturing a pitcher's delivery is a simple procedure. Fleisig and his crew affix 15 reflective markers at key joints on a pitcher's body. The player, usually shirtless or wearing a tight-fitting shirt and spandex shorts to prevent false readings, stands on a mound and throws 10 pitches. The 240-fps infrared cameras track each of the markers in three dimensions and send the data to a workstation."

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | The Tribe's Quest for Glory

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | The Tribe's Quest for Glory: "So the next time you're tempted to complain about the third pitching change of an inning, just remember: for a lot of teams, it works."

ESPN.com - MLB - Neyer: Prior a major plus

ESPN.com - MLB - Neyer: Prior a major plus: "If the Cubs have Mark Prior and Kerry Wood and Sammy Sosa in the second half of the season, they're going to win the NL Central. If they don't, they're going to finish second or third, and Houston's Killer B's will get another shot at proving they're not chokers. "

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Royalties & Cardinalate

Royalties & Cardinalate "Walt Jocketty considers Molina the team’s future C, so this could be the beginning of a new era of sorts. Matheny's current EQA is .235 while Molina's is .284 (his MLB Equivalent EQA is .241.) McKay? He is at a laughable .023."

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Prospectus Triple Play: Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Prospectus Triple Play: Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals: "So, you've got a pitching staff that doesn't strike anyone out. The best way to mitigate the problem is to 1) keep walks and homers down to a minimum, and 2) field a terrific defense that can turn those balls in play into outs. The Whitey Herzog Cardinals did just that; they won NL pennants in 1982, 1985 and 1987, despite ranking 12th, 10th and 11th (in a 12-team league) in strikeouts in those seasons."

Honest Wagner

Honest Wagner: "When you give up a home run to Tony Womack, it's time to take a good look in the mirror."

Boone to the Cards?

San Shin: "Peter Gammons: I think Boone will be traded. I think the Yankees will be contenders. Dioneer Navarro is a young catcher that the Yankees have and the Ms could use. But, the Yankees may have to use him to go after a pitcher like Freddy Garcia. As for Boone, I would think the Cardinals, Cubs and Dodgers would all have interest.
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Tuesday, June 01, 2004

XML Team Solutions

XML Team Solutions: "Tired of grappling with the costly and time-consuming challenge of integrating sports data? Eager to publish live results and stats, but think it'd be too difficult and costly?"

The holy grail.

ESPN.com - Gammons: Summer rental

ESPN.com - Gammons: Summer rental: "Rumors filter around about Walt Jocketty and Tony LaRussa being in trouble if the Cardinals don't make the playoffs, despite the fact that St. Louis has been in contention the last few years. Jocketty has not been talked to about an extension."

Batter's Box Baseball Blog - Daily Diversion - Video Games

Batter's Box Baseball Blog - Daily Diversion - Video Games: "We had a fun conversation yesterday about video games. I thought I'd continue it by discussing five old school baseball video games. Feel free to discuss any game, past or present, baseball or non-baseball.
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TCS: Tech Central Station - Optimal Lineupsp

TCS: Tech Central Station - Baseball, Hotdogs and Apple p: "How do you determine the best batting order for a baseball team? How much difference does it make? "

Astro In Exile: Astros at Cubs

Astro In Exile: Astros at Cubs: "Game 2: Someone yet to be named standing in for Andy Pettitte versus someone yet to be named standing in for Kerry Wood, I think"

Plantar fasciitis shelves Shelton

Plantar fasciitis shelves Shelton: "Second baseman Fernando Vina is scheduled to return to Comerica Park today to have his right hamstring strain re-evaluated. Vina, who has been rehabbing the injury with his own trainer, has been on the disabled list since May 12."