Against David Ortiz, Hall of Famer

Ortiz 2015

Courtesy of the AP

Before Pedro Martinez‘s ceremony at Fenway Park last night, the Red Sox introduced David Ortiz as, “David Ortiz, future Hall of Famer.” By any reasonable standard, David Ortiz is not a Hall of Famer.

Here’s Ortiz’s case:

  • 48.3 career bWAR. Hit .283/.377/.543
  • Best 5 seasons by bWAR: 6.4, 5.7, 5.3, 4.4, 4.2
  • 3 World Series rings, .295/.409/.553 in the postseason, lots of big clutch hits
  • 273 career games at 1b. 1,837 at DH.

Very good player. By today’s standard, not even close to a Hall of Fame player. Let’s compare Ortiz to some contemporaries:

Edgar Martinez

  • 68.3 career bWAR. Hit .312/.418/.515
  • Best 5 seasons by bWAR: 7.0, 6.5, 6.5, 6.2, 6.1
  • 0 World Series rings. Hit .266/.365/.508 in limited postseason time, mostly late in his career
  • 564 career games at 3b. 1403 at DH. Handful at 1b
  • Comparison to Ortiz: More bWAR in fewer games. Twice as much time in the field. No postseason accomplishments.
  • HOF Case: Probably should be in, but probably won’t break 50% in the voting

Jim Thome

  • 72.9 career bWAR.
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The Slippery Slope of MLB’s Deal with DraftKings

There are so many fun things going on this season that I should glory in a seven game division lead and sing the Yankees’ praises. And maybe I will do that next week. However, there has been something sticking in my craw for weeks now and I need to talk about it. The “It” is Major League Baseball’s marriage to DraftKings. The deal is, of course, worth millions to the league and its owners and you could even say that it draws more interest to the game from casual fans. But that doesn’t make this a good thing for the game.

First, some background, both personal and about how we got here. Let’s start with the latter. In 2006, the federal government passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in response to a growing plague of online gambling sites. As a part of that law, it is spelled out that fantasy sports are not gambling because it is a game of skill and not of chance.…

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Game 99 Recap: Yankees 21 Rangers 5

21 unanswered runs.  Is that good?

Last night’s game was about as ridiculous as a Major League game could be.  Spot starter Chris Capuano didn’t make it out of the bottom of the 1st for the Yankees, surrendering 5 runs on 3 hits and 5 walks while recording only 2 outs.  It looked like the Yankees were going to be in for a long night.  And then the top of the 2nd happened.

Yanks Top 2nd vs TEX

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11 runs, 10 hits, 1 walk, 1 HBP.  The first 8 batters of the inning reached base.  Brendan freaking Ryan had 2 extra-base hits in the inning!! And somehow, strangely enough, the Rangers struck out the side.  Ya know, Suzyn, sometimes you just can’t predict baseball.

The onslaught continued from there, finally ending at 3 touchdowns and 3 extra points while Texas didn’t record another hit against Yankee pitching after the 1st.  It’s almost like a blowout loss in the sense that there really isn’t any need to recap all the details of the game.  …

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Game 99: Capuano vs. Perez

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

New York Yankees Texas Rangers
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Delino DeShields, CF
Chris Young, LF Rougned Odor, 2B
Alex Rodriguez, DH Adrian Beltre, 3B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Prince Fielder, DH
Chris Young, RF Elvis Andrus, SS
Chase Headley, 3B Mitch Moreland, 1B
John Ryan Murphy, C Ryan Rua, LF
Didi Gregorius, SS Shin-Soo Choo, RF
Brendan Ryan, 2B Robinson Chirinos, C
Chris Capuano, SP Martin Perez, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Why the Perenially Sad-Sack Rockies Won the Tulo Trade

As the trade deadline approaches, if you’re not happy with Cashman’s performance, here’s your daily optimism: it could be worse – a lot worse. Trust me: I’m not just a Yankees fan; I’m also a Rockies fan. As Matt noted, the Rockies are deservedly seen as a “clown shoes organization”; the long list of low points span this year’s decision to bring a homer-prone 80 ERA+ starter to Coors Field (predictably yielding 2 HR/9 and a 6.33 ERA), to former General Manager Dan O’Dowd declaring during a 76-86 season, “You look at some of the games we’re winning. Those aren’t just a coincidence. God has definitely had a hand in this.” I’ll pass on O’Dowd’s theology in favor of Einstein’s view, “God does not play dice,” because I don’t think God plays baseball either – but if I did believe in a baseball-game-influencing God, and I had responsibility for the Rockies’ record of failure like O’Dowd, I’d be displeased, not self-satisfied, at the thought, “God has definitely had a hand in this.”

But with O’Dowd getting all-too-belatedly booted this past year, we in Rockiesland are hopeful that new thirtysomething GM Jeff Bridich is a different breed.…

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Should the Yankees Reacquire Martin Prado?

The Yankees need a second baseman.

Starters at the position have hit a team-low .193 this season, with a .619 OPS. Stephen Drew continues to draw starts despite his disappointing play, Jose Pirela’s bat hasn’t quite packed the punch the Yankees had hoped, and the team doesn’t appear ready to give Rob Refsnyder a shot yet.

Several teams have noted interest in 2B Ben Zobrist of the Athletics, so his price may be a bit too high for New York’s liking. A cheaper option may be looking to acquire an old friend.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Martin Prado might be an option for the Yankees.

The Yankees traded for the 31 year-old at last year’s trade deadline, before shipping him off to the Marlins last December along with David Phelps for Nate Eovaldi.…

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Happy Anniversary, David Cone!

20 years ago today, good friend of the blog, David Cone was traded to the Yankees from the Toronto Blue Jays.

From the New York Times 7/29/95:

It was a day of blockbuster deals for New York’s baseball teams yesterday as the Yankees braced for a pennant race and the Mets prepared for the future. The Yankees acquired last season’s American League Cy Young Award winner, David Cone, from Toronto for three minor league pitchers, then sent the disgruntled slugger Danny Tartabull to Oakland for Ruben Sierra. The Mets traded Bobby Bonilla* to Baltimore for Alex Ochoa, a talented outfield prospect.


The impetus for the trades is twofold: The Yankees and Orioles are girding for the A.L. East race. The Mets and Jays are trying to shed salaries and build for the future.

From ESPN’s Page 2 where the trade was ranked the 10th worst deadline trade ever in baseball (up to that point)…for the Blue Jays:


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Quick hit: The Didi Gregorius Game

So I was in Camden Yards last night watching the O’s walk off against the Braves and I missed all of the hullabaloo in Texas – which included my boy Alex Rodriguez’s 40th birthday home run. When my friend Dave, who was with me at the game, and keeping track of the Yankee game on his phone said that Didi Gregorius tied the game with a two-run homer I replied, “Whaaaaat?” Just like that.

Then later in the game, when Gregorius plated home two more runs, my reaction was more like this:


Anyway, here are the heat maps and spray chart of his big 3-4 with four RBI night!

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His two singles were off fastballs at 90 and 93 while his home run off an 83 mph fastball (that’s according to my system).

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As I wrote nearly a couple of weeks ago, Gregorius is slowly progressing into a solid player for the Yankees and hopefully, we’ll see more of this type of performance in the future.…

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Game 98 Recap: Yankees 6 Rangers 2

Didi HR vs TEX

Best shortstop in town. Courtesy of the AP

New York, Minnesota, Texas, doesn’t matter where.  The Yankees show up at the ballpark on any given day and they’re probably going to beat you.  That’s just how things are going right now.  Everybody is chipping in, everybody has their turn to contribute, and the Bombers are rolling like a well-oiled baseball machine as they pull away in the AL East.

Ivan Nova got the start last night and once again he turned in an outing that wasn’t nearly as good as his line made it look.  The Rangers got to him for 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd, all generated with 2 outs.  Josh Hamilton singled and scored of Elvis Andrus‘ double, then Andrus came home on a Lenonys Martin.  The Rangers looked like they were going to put a hurting on Nova, then he managed to get through the next 3 innings scoreless.  He had to escape a bases loaded/1 out situation in the 4th with a couple ground ball outs, and he put 2 men on with 2 outs again in the 5th, but no more runs crossed.  …

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