TCR Friday Notes
Q: Do you really think we need a panel of people, including Bill James, to figure out statistics and steroids? In Ball Four, you talked about players in the 1960's taking pep pills called greenies. And if you have a panel that is going to evaluate statistics based on cheating, are you going to alter Gaylord Perry's numbers? (David Block- Brooklyn, NY) A: Greenies were performance enablers (usually to overcome the effects of hangovers), not enhancers. Gaylord Perry's spitters were in plain view, and the unwritten rule was that if you could master it and get away with it, more power to you. In any case, batters could factor spitball pitchers it into their play. Steroids, on the other hand, are a secret weapon that force non-users to take health risks in order to compete. Historical analogies - advantages or disadvantages due to shorter seasons, no night games, travel, racial barriers, etc. - aren't relevant because, in each case, players of a particular era played under the same conditions. What distorts statistics is unfair (and hidden) competition within the same era.- As we all patiently wait for the gremlins to be removed from the servers, you can find a new blogroll by clicking on the "Friends" link underneath the mysterious "Authors" box to the right. The layout kind of sucks and the category headings are ginormous but I think you'll find some interesting stuff. - As I was poking around the web, there were a few members of the Cubs blog army that I found something worth reading, so I thought they deserved a shout out. So go check out Cubs Cafe, A Hundred Next Years, Wrigleyville23 and the (mostly) satirical Fire Lou Piniella! and say hi. - More Cubs blog news, former TCR writer Derek Smart has added Phil Bencomo to the writing staff of Cub Town, formerly of Cubbiepalooza. From Mr. Smart himself though, I found this bit of self-reflection good for a laugh-out loud moment:
One of the tendencies of the blogging community, something we do with regularity and lustful aplomb, is take comments by players/management/MSM writers that are, in our humble opinion, intellectually substandard, and with our combination of rapier wit, flawless logic, and overwhelmingly massive capacity for holding onto petty grudges, craft a response that leaves the originator bleeding and trembling jelly-like on the point of our word-swords (a construct we know is imaginary, since it requires the target to have read the salvo, and as all of us who read blogs know, nobody reads blogs).- I've been meaning to mention this for months and I'm losing karma points each time I forget, but the good fellas at GROTA have put together a fund that they plan to present to Derrek Lee at the Cubs Convention to help with his Project 3000. If you have the means, help a fella and his family out. - If I get a moment before Sunday morning to look at some chat programs, I'll throw something up on Sunday for those who want to talk during the Bears game. Otherwise reader Chad has his own Bears chat site we can all congregate to as well. - Not to get all "The Bears Reporter" on you, but these articles on Rex Grossman from "Kissing Suzie Kolber" are some of the funniest reads I had all week. (NSFW most likely). - And your standard issue, Youtube clip of the week, this time Wrigley Field circa 1929.
[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/U63LW6wV3no" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]I found that along with some old Bears footage over here along with a link to a converter program that allows you to download YouTube videos onto your own computer. Go Bears and we've got some new articles in the pipeline for the next two weeks starting on Tuesday, so be sure to check in if you can, you know, actually access the site.
Certainly might be the hottest pitcher right now, but he's behind a few pitchers by most objective full season standards.
Well noted. You may also note that Lester's Career Playoff ERA is almost a full point lower, and he has a lower WHIP as well.
Can't have everything, I guess.
i'm happy enough with the Lester signing, but Scherzer has more than earned the extra money so far. If he was in the rotation instead of Lester, this team would feel practically bulletproof to me.
Blaspheme maybe, but I think Scherzer is the best pitcher in the NL right now.
Maddon was pimping Russell for Gold Glove honors recently as a manager should do...
Here's some defensive numbers:
- Crawford (22.2)
- Seager (16.9)
- Cozart (14.2)
- Hechavarria (13.5)
- Russell (12.4)
- B. Crawford 2.3
- Russell 2.0
- Hechavarria 1.7
- N. Ahmed 1.6
- Z. Cozart 1.5
13.C. Seager 0.7
.978 FP, 11 E, 333 A, 162 PO, 562 Chances, 4.27 RF, 72 DP Turned
Let me guess: Land of Contusion? Puppet Prez Reagan mistakenly blows the world up due to a bum thumb?
Favorite Genesis video
Twitterverse reporting that Almora's examination by a hand specialist went okay, it's still just a hand contusion.
Attaboy, Eloy! Jimenez named Midwest League MVP and Best Prospect.
FYI, formatting of the web page is weird.
Now who can argue with that? I think we're all indebted to Gabby Johnson for clearly stating what needed to be said. I'm particularly glad that these lovely children were here today to hear that speech. Not only was it authentic frontier gibberish, it expressed a courage little seen in this day and age.
White Sox new stadium name w apropos logo
it was between that and "more like the CRUNCH REALLY EARLY AM REPORTER because i'm gonna c.r.e.am all over this place."
i chose the classy route.
This picture is everything.
that was the 2nd greatest piece of performance art since Donald Trump's campaign
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