Here’s a great Farhan Zaidi video on MLB Tonight. Zaidi has a bachelor’s degree from MIT and a doctorate from California Berkeley in Economics. Zaidi joins former Rays GM Andrew Friedman (President of Baseball Operations), in the Dodger front office. The Dodgers now have the brains to match Owner Magic Johnson’s energy.
The Atlanta Braves figure to be the most intriguing study of the offseason for many reasons; for one, they seem to have shifted the entire direction of the organization, hiring a new General Manager, plus giving the rest of the organization down the line a general shake up. Also (more importantly) the Braves were downright… Continue reading The Braves’ Busy Offseason
Michael Brantley (.324/.384/.904), 17 home runs Of all the players on this list, few have enjoyed the kind of career year that Michael Brantley is having. The slash line is excellent, but his numbers go far deeper than that. According to Fangraphs, Brantley has contributed about 35 runs to the Indians’ offense, behind only 2… Continue reading Analyzing Some of Baseball’s Breakout Stars Part I
Who knew that July could hold one of the most intriguing events in all of baseball? The 48 hours before the non-waiver trade deadline is such a swirl of reported trades, rumors, and frantic GMs, it’s enough to interest even the most casual fan. This is when every General Manager in baseball uses all the… Continue reading Non-Waiver Trade Deadline Excitement
There’s no such thing as the perfect All-Star roster, especially with the way pitchers have dominated baseball recently, but some players have just not gotten the recognition they deserve. We all know about the injustice done to Buster Posey and Chris Sale, but here’s my list of All-Star snubs that aren’t getting talked about. There are… Continue reading My List of All-Star Snubs that Nobody Talks About
Since it was first introduced in 2002 and made into a book a year later by Michael Lewis, much has been made about Billy Beane’s general managerial style, appropriately dubbed “Moneball” for it’s ability to effectively maximize a team’s payroll and turn it into wins. Moneyball is all about exploiting market inefficiencies, like the value… Continue reading Not Everyone Can be Billy Beane
In baseball, everything that goes up must eventually come down. That holds true over careers, over seasons, and often over games. That’s why only the best players hit .400, why only the truly great teams win in October, and why teams that strand 15 runners in a game usually win. Everything that goes up comes… Continue reading Pythagorean Regression