39 players on RESERVE LIST (one slot is open), plus three players on 60-DAY DL
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Felix Doubront
* Eric Jokisch
* Zac Rosscup
* Tsuyoshi Wada
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* John Baker
* Rafael Lopez
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Logan Watkins
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Chris Coghlan
* Ryan Kalish
60-DAY DL: 3
James McDonald, P
Justin Ruggiano, OF
* Ryan Sweeney, OF
2015 Draft Pick Order
For failing to sign top overall pick Brady Aiken, the Houston Astros will get the 2nd pick in 2015 draft as well their their regular pick. The teams with the 10 worst records (top 11 picks) have their first round pick protected if they signed a qualified free agent this offseason.
Stolen bases are awesome to watch, one of the most exciting plays in baseball, just a poor long-term strategy if you don't have the right personnel. But TheJedi get it, they did have Dave Roberts on their team in 2004 and Ellsbury for many years, 2 of the best and most effective basestealers of recent years(and Cherington got Victrorino for their run last year). It's a good asset to have on your team, just not the foundation.
I don't have your encyclopedic knowledge, and i've never really given any of this much thought, but I do notice myself cringing every time I see a Cubby try to steal a base. Now, this may partly be my natural "oh, God, here we go, more Cubbery" instinct taking hold, but I'm not sure Billy Hamilton, currently at least, is a big help with his ratio. Smart baserunning probably wins more games than stolen bases, but that's all hunch on my part. And, honestly, I do love me a good stolen base.
23 Article XX-D minor league players have filed for free-agency since Monday. As far as the two Cubs Article XX-D players are concerned, Eli Whiteside has filed, but Marcos Mateo has not. This might mean that Mateo has agreed to a minor league successor contract with the Cubs for 2015.
is it national "Troll a Stats-Head" day or something?
i've never seen so many 1000s-of-words articles written to combat a few simple non-thought-out "lol Moneyball didn't work again Oakland" statements in my life.
all i've learned is...
1- royals are moneyball and here's why (front office, stats crew, etc)
2- royals aren't managed moneyball even though they're constructed moneyball and here's why (ned yost is an awful human being, etc)
"In the days to come, some people will no doubt try to use this as a referendum on the A’s versus the Royals and on Moneyball versus old-school thinking, as if a game this wild, this tight, this utterly drop-dead gorgeous could serve as a standard-bearer for either school of thought. This game didn’t vindicate Billy Beane or Dayton Moore. This game vindicated baseball."
The book is slightly dated now and some of the statistical calculations have evolved since then, but I really enjoyed: "Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong" And my favorite chapter was "What if Rickey Henderson had Pete Incaviglia's Legs?"
Interestingly, this year he gave up 13 stolen bases but caught 10, for a 43% CS rate. And only one of the stolen bases last night was off Soto, the other six were off Derek Norris--his CS% is only 17%, or 10% below league average. So the smart move was actually to wait until Soto was out of the game, then run like crazy. And Soto actually got credited with a CS on the stupid double steal attempt when the runner was thrown out at home, which was "small ball" at its worst.
The Royals use the same types of advanced metrics that the A's use. The moneyball vs. non-moneyball distinction is moot these days.
And no one ever says that sac bunts and stolen bases can't help a team win a game. Those moves have proven pivotal in many games over the history of baseball. But those moves backfire or hurt the team far more often than they help teams win, and studies have demonstrated that there are only specific situations where those types of moves make sense.