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Here's a look at what a team made up of the best players judged by fWAR over the last three seasons might look like. For all the spots except the bench, it's a strictly objective measure of who has the highest fWAR by a player with signi...
Here's a look at what a team made up of the best players judged by fWAR over the last three seasons might look like. For all the spots except the bench, it's a strictly objective measure of who has the highest fWAR by a player with significant time at each position. I have to use a little subjectivity to put together a sensible bench. The second best catcher by fWAR is obvious, McCutchen as the fourth outfielder is obvious, but then I tried to round it out with super-utility man Zobrist, the second best shortstop in Reyes, and a big bat who can also play the field in Beltre. This leaves off some guys with higher fWAR (most notably Dustin Pedroia and his 17.4 fWAR) just because they don't fit into what I view as the most typical bench construction.Of course Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera are tied in fWAR over the last three seasons. Trout barely played in 2011 though, so...yeah.There is surprisingly little change from the 2010-12 team. Among the position players, Trout is the only new name. He took Josh Hamilton's spot. In the starting rotation, Clayton Kershaw replacing Roy Halladay was the only change. There's a little more turnover in the bullpen: Greg Holland, Koji Uehara, Kenley Jansen, and Aroldis Chapman are in, while Sean Marshall, Matt Belisle, Matt Thornton, and Rafael Betancourt are out.
about 4 hours ago
A recent civil suit likely brought on increased criminal scrutiny.
A recent civil suit likely brought on increased criminal scrutiny.
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Those crazy kids.
Those crazy kids.
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The offseason is here and while the Hot Stove is still officially a few weeks away from firing up, we know Dayton Moore likes to move quickly. Let us refer to this article to examine Dayton's offseason plans. “We’re g...
The offseason is here and while the Hot Stove is still officially a few weeks away from firing up, we know Dayton Moore likes to move quickly. Let us refer to this article to examine Dayton's offseason plans. “We’re going to look internally first. Then we’re going to look for trades, and then we’ll focus on the free-agent market. We’re not an organization that is going to be excited to go real long term with older players.” My sense is that trades will be how Dayton will want to operate this winter. The club will not have a ton of room to operate financially unless David Glass significantly increases payroll. I get the sense that Dayton is shying away from free agency overall after being burned by Jose Guillen and to a lesser extent, Gil Meche. Plus free agents won't sign here unless we overpay! Keep repeating this until its true! So what kind of trades could Dayton pursue?The likeliest course, if Santana and/or Chen depart, would be to seek another trade for a bounce-back candidate, preferably one entering a contract year to avoid a long-term commitment. Jeff Zimmerman did a good job looking at our rotation prospects for next year. Dayton will probably want to add one more veteran pitcher in the middle of that rotation to keep the pitching from regressing too much. Let's take a look at some pitchers that could be traded as "bounce-back candidates" with a year or two left of control. Later, I wll take a look at second basemen and outfielders. LHP Brett Anderson, Oakland Athletics Anderson has an $8 million option Oakland will certainly decline, leaving him arbitration-eligible. The 25-year old Anderson has talent - he was the 7th best prospect in 2009, and has a 3.81 ERA in 84 Major League games pitched. But he has made just 43 starts the last four seasons, and was dreadful in 2013 with a 6.02 ERA in 16 games (5 starts). Anderson is a Tommy John surgery surivor, although that was back in 2011. His injuries this year were on his ankle. Anderson could be a decent buy-low candidate if the A's are willing to part with some of their depth. Anderson is not eligible for free agency until after 2015.RHP Chad Billingsley, Los Angeles Dodgers Billingsley has been discussed here before as he has been a very effective pitcher for the Dodgers. He has generally been between a 1.5 to 3.5 WAR pitcher when healthy, and is still under 30 years old. Billingsley is owed $12 million in 2014 with a $14 million club option and a $3 million buyout. However, he pitched just 12 innings this year before going under the knife for Tommy John surgery. He has targeted Opening Day 2014 as his return date. To make a trade happen, the Dodgers would almost certainly have to eat most of the money owed to Billingsley.RHP Tommy Hanson, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim The Angels seemingly got a steal of a deal when they acquired Hanson from the Braves for reliever Jordan Walden last winter. Sure, Hanson was coming off a 4.48 ERA season, but he had struck out 8 hitters per nine innings, and had three solid Major League seasons under his belt prior to that.Hanson turned out to be a disaster, posting a 5.42 ERA in thirteen starts, and missing time due to an injured tricep and ineffectiveness. Hanson has long battled injuries throughout his career, but has a ton of strikeouts. He may be a non-tender candidate, but as an ex-Brave, he might still be enticing enough to take a gamble on as a buy-low candidate.LHP J.A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays Happ was a 4.2 WAR pitcher for the Phillies way back in 2009 before being dealt to Houston in the Roy Oswalt deal. He was pretty good in limited action in 2010 before being dreadful in 2011. He spent 2013 with the Blue Jays, putting up a 4.53 ERA in eighteen starts. He missed some time after being struck in the head with a line drive in May. Happ can still strike hitters out - he struck out a hitter per inning in 2012. His problem has been command. He has 4.0 walks per nine innings
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Jumanji!
Jumanji!
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I watched last night’s incredible PBS Frontline documentary, League of Denial, with keen interest. I have, erm, a special interest* in the suffering that can follow a person who’s had too many concussions. *the short version:...
I watched last night’s incredible PBS Frontline documentary, League of Denial, with keen interest. I have, erm, a special interest* in the suffering that can follow a person who’s had too many concussions. *the short version: I had too many concussions, and spent my early 20s in a daze, with no short-term memory, limited long-term memory, no energy, limited feeling in my hands and feet, and very few reasons to believe life would ever be worth it again. Now, thanks to a particular treatment, I’m better, but for how long? And what happens when I get my next concussion? The film was a tremendous piece of journalism. The Columbia Journalism Review’s Ryan Chittum made the point that lots of us knew most of the individual pieces of information PBS presented, and had seen some of the footage of players laying down big hits and later struggling to form complete sentences. But last night, all those disparate pieces of information were masterfully combined into one damning timeline. Someone on Twitter set the over/under at the number of mentions this film gets during NFL broadcasts this weekend at one. I took the under, confidently. How could anyone whose paycheck comes from the NFL (or a broadcasting partnership with them) find a way to bring up the film – in the midst of a game that WILL feature lots of men getting sub-concussive hits and maybe full-blown concussions – without mentioning anything harmful to the league? The filmmakers spoke with tons of family and friends, telling haunting stories of players who, it turned out, had CTE. Like Mike Webster’s friend Sunny Jani, whom Webster asked to tase him so he could fall asleep – in the seat of his truck, where he lived. He would tell people he “used to be” Mike Webster. It was 1997 when the NFL conceded that a career in the league had harmed Webster’s brain enough that they needed to pay him disability. 1997! But much later Roger Goodell’s hand-selected doctor Ira Casson curtly denied any link whatsoever between football and cognitive problems. Repeatedly. Steve Young addressed something that I struggled with when I was sick. He said something about how anyone can see a knee injury, for example, but a concussion is invisible. People can’t – and often don’t seem willing to try to -  empathize. Young described the human brain as “the last frontier.” Late in the film, someone – I think it was Ann McKee, one of the heroes of CTE/football research – said a sentence I’ve said to dozens of people, mostly teenagers, who have contacted me about how to cope with their own concussion issues: “You only get one brain.” I can’t tell any of these people what to do – it’s ultimately up to them whether to quit their sport – but I can tell them somewhat definitively that it won’t be worth it to keep putting themselves on a field where they’ll endanger their one and only brain. So how is it that I’m still a football fan? Since I published my own story this spring, I’ve counseled dozens of post-concussion sufferers. A handful have quit football. More couldn’t continue an e-mail chain so they had a family member help them type their messages for them. All have asked, in some way or another, whether there’s any hope at all for life after concussions. So how can I keep watching the sport that destroys the brains of so many of its players? Because old habits die hard, and I’m weak-willed. That’s really it. It’s harder to watch, sure, but I still do it. I don’t jump up and celebrate big hits; I get knots in my stomach every time one happens. Little by little, I watch less of it, though. I haven’t watched a single Husker game beginning-to-end yet this year, practically a mortal sin for someone born and raised in Nebraska. Someday, either because I can’t take it anymore or because the s
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If any college football coach would be at the cutting edge of risk avoidance, it would be Kirk Ferentz.
If any college football coach would be at the cutting edge of risk avoidance, it would be Kirk Ferentz.
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Ouch.
Ouch.
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Aug 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (35) receives congratulations from designated hitter Billy Butler (16) after hitting a home run fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Manda...
Aug 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (35) receives congratulations from designated hitter Billy Butler (16) after hitting a home run fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports The Kansas City Royals’ regular season might be over, but their time to shine is not. Several Royals’ players have recently been nominated for well-respected awards within the MLB. Fans can help Royals’ nominee, Eric Hosmer, bring home the 2013 Hank Aaron Award by going on-line at MLB.com and the 30 Club sites to vote until Oct. 10. Created to honor the 25th Anniversary of Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record, the Hank Aaron award credits the most outstanding offensive player in each league at the end of each season. Miguel Cabrera and Buster Posey received the award in 2012. Hosmer had an bounceback year batting .302 and leading the American League with 60 multi-hit games. Hosmer began the season batting only .244, but since May has sustained a .317 average. Along with fans, a Hall of Fame panel featuring Hank Aaron will preside over the choosing of the 2013 awardee. The Roberto Clemente Award, presented by Chevrolet, pays tribute to Clemente by honoring players who demonstrate notable character along with their baseball achievements. Clemente died in a plane crash while delivering supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua in 1972. Royals’ fans can look for their own Billy Butler among the nominees this year. Butler is being recognized as a nominee because of his support of the Bishop Sullivan Center in Kansas City, and also the creation of the Hit-It-A-Ton program that, so far, has raised 1,441 tons of food to support feeding the hungry in Kansas City. Last but not least, Greg Holland is September’s MLB Delivery Man of the Month. Bringing home the Delivery Man Award in July as well, Holland is one of only 2 Royals’ pitchers to receive the award, and 1 of only 5 pitchers in the league to receive the award multiple times. Others that have received the award multiple times are Rafael Soriano, J.J. Putz, Aroldis Chapman and Jason Grilli. Kansas City’s closer led the MLB with 11 saves during the final month of the regular season, making him a shoe-in for the award that recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher of each month of the regular season. Fans can look for the Roberto Clemente Award to be named during the World Series at the end of October and continue to vote for Hosmer to win the 2013 Hank Aaron award at MLB.com or any of the 30 Club sites.
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Jadeveon Clowney, the hulking defensive end with the camp counselor’s smile, met a rabid group of confused media members (...)
Jadeveon Clowney, the hulking defensive end with the camp counselor’s smile, met a rabid group of confused media members (...)
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