Elijah Dukes?

Baseball Prospectus’ latest article for ESPN lists their top breakout hitting candidates for 2009. There are three Nationals listed, one of whom is Elijah Dukes. Here is what they had to say about him:

Elijah Dukes, Nationals, OF (.278/.386/.486, 4.0 WARP, 54 percent breakout rate)

Dukes was dumped by the Rays due to some scary off-field...

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Flipping Damon and Jeter

The comments to the previous post (h/t Steve) brought up an issue that I felt deserved its own time in the sun. For much of the last two seasons, Derek Jeter’s penchant for hitting into double plays has prompted me to contend that he should be moved out of the 2 hole to the lead-off...

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Johnny Damon: Stealth Power?

I saw an interesting mention of Johnny Damon in a Fangraphs article yesterday, and was hoping to get some opinions on what the data may mean:

Two other interesting players are Johnny Damon and Garret Anderson. They have identical .161 ISOs over the last three years, but Anderson has seen the fewest fastballs of any...

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Sunday Reads: CC, Swish, A.J., Kelleher

Here are a few interesting reads to kick off the day:

1. Steve Serby of the NY Post has a nice Q & A out with the big lefty, CC Sabathia. Apparently, CC really likes President Obama, Jay-Z, Jackie Robinson and Michael Jordan. That’s certainly a nice group.

2. Wallace Mathews (Newsday) brings us a...

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Swisher’s role

From Tyler Kepner (NY Times):

With Damon entrenched in the leadoff spot, Girardi is left with Swisher or Nady for right field. Girardi could opt for a rotation of sorts, using Swisher’s versatility as a switch-hitter who can also play first base, but he said he would rather not do that.

“I’m not anticipating that,” Girardi...

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WW: Steroid Theory

Check out Steve’s “A-Rod Theory” over at WasWatching. It’s a pretty nifty theory regarding A-Rod’s PED use, and one that is actually built upon solid, factual information. Still, I’m hopeful that Steve is wrong for all of the obvious reasons.

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