Additional payroll means little, say smart people

The basis for this analysis might be statistically accurate, but it just goes to prove the “and that’s why they play the game” mantra:

Since 1990, teams that increased opening-day payroll from one season to the next padded their win total only 49.5% of the time. In fact, the correlation between spending more and losing less was .06, which represents almost zero relationship whatsoever, according to a study by the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective, an organization of Harvard students and faculty. In this span, for instance, teams that took on more than $20 million extra in salary added just 0.89 win the next season, while the teams that shed more than $20 million added 1.89 wins.

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Create A Team From The Free Agent Class

Go check out Pete Abe’s new blog, where he is running a fun contest. The objective is to create a 25 man AL roster, with 12 pitchers, 13 position players, and an available manager from this season’s free agent class. I thought it would be fun to do one here, and hopefully you guys will put together your own clubs in the comments. The free agents pitchers and position players can be accessed by clicking the links. 1B: Adam Laroche 2B: Felipe Lopez 3B: Adrian Beltre SS: Marco Scutaro C: Bengie Molina DH: Johnny Damon CF: Mike Cameron LF: Matt Continue reading Create A Team From The Free Agent Class

And the whining has begun

For years, non-traditional (ie: Internet-based) baseball writers have asked for a seat at the BBWAA voting booth. They finally got their wish as Keith Law (ESPN), Will Carroll (Baseball Prospectus) and others were included in the recent awards voting. Of course, when Law and Carroll vote differently than the rest of the masses, the old guard raises their hackles in mocking them and the newer “baseball geekdom”:

But sometimes I guess we get guys who just feel like it’s their job to show everyone how much smarter they are than the rest of us. Armed with all their sabermetrics, Carroll and Law and obviously a lot of other voters were able to determine that winning the most games in the heat of a pennant push was not nearly as important as looking good while losing.

Except here’s the thing: Law and Carroll are only two guys who vote. There are plenty of others (32 votes in the NL, two per team) who did not vote that Carpenter or Wainwright deserved the Cy Young. Yet, because the new guys had the temerity to think differently and vote differently, they are mocked. Law and Carroll admittedly discount the Wins total as that’s as team-dependent as any stat there is. Do they represent the backlash that comes from years of previous voters simply looking at Wins and voting accordingly? Do they represent the newest wave of looking at pitching stats and data and using the numbers to derive who they believe to be the best pitcher of the year?

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The Yankeeist Interview with Replacement Level Yankees Weblog's SG

For this latest edition of the Yankeeist Interview series, I am once again pleased to bring you a stalwart of the Yankee blogosphere, SG of Replacement Level Yankees Weblog. I found RLYW — which was founded by Larry Mahnken, who is a hell of a baseball analyst himself — shortly after discovering Bronx Banter in 2004, and have been reading the site on a daily basis ever since. As Larry began posting with less frequency as time wore on, eventually the day-to-day posting was taken over by SG. During the last five seasons RLYW has been a revelation, essentially responsible Continue reading The Yankeeist Interview with Replacement Level Yankees Weblog's SG

Chapman Sweepstakes between Boston and NY

According to Frankie Piliere (FanHouse), the Aroldis Chapman Sweepstakes is an expensive one. Therefore, most mid-market teams will bow out of the proceedings, leaving the Red Sox and Yankees to battle it out for Chapman’s prized left arm. The situation seems pretty simple to me if this is the case, though. The Yankees want Chapman and have more money to spend than Boston. Therefore, I think he’ll end up in pinstripes by the end of the year. He’s rumored to command anywhere between $15-50 million. What do you think? Is he worth it? Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Take a moment to admire Mariano Rivera

Everyone at my college agrees that Professor Hazeltine remains the institution’s best professor. During his prime, Professor Hazeltine was so popular and good at his job that he won the teaching award every year. In response, the school named the teaching award after Professor Hazeltine. It gave him the highest honor it could, so that the institution could better honor the achievements of others. In so doing, the school stopped honoring Professor Hazeltine with any regularity. There was no need. He’d been honored already in perpetuity. As great a decision as that was, it meant that Professor Hazeltine would be Continue reading Take a moment to admire Mariano Rivera

…before selling ONE ticket…

Stand on the side during a pissing match. Just a helpful reminder from your friends here at IIATMS. However, watching Scott Boras and MLB EVP Rob Manfred go at it can be fun.

I’ll parse it out:

  1. Boras claimed that teams received $80-90 million each year from MLB’s central revenue fund before selling one ticket
  2. Manfred scoffs at Boras’ claims.

So what’s really going on?

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What's lost if Matsui leaves, besides the bat?

For those of you who have seen all of the Japanese advertising and presence at Yankee Stadium the last few years, a reminder that it all might go away of Matsui leaves. And if he does, so do the ad revenues. Said differently, Matsui more than paid his own way in market-specific advertising dollars. Via NPB Tracker/Twitter:

Sanspo: Yankees stand to lose at least $15m in revenue if Matsui leaves

Would it make more sense to resign Matsui for $8-10 million, pocket more than that and worry about playing time in April?

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2009 Season in Review: The Bullpen

This is the third in a series of five Yankeeist 2009 Season in Review recaps. Please be sure to check out 2009 Season in Review: The Infield and 2009 Season in Review: Starting Pitchers if you haven’t already done so. As happens every year for every team in baseball, the Yankees’ opening day bullpen was a considerably different beast than the unit that finished the season with the team and that manager Joe Girardi took into the playoffs. It’s easy to forget that the Yankees began the year with the likes of Jose Veras, Edwar Ramirez and Brett Tomko in Continue reading 2009 Season in Review: The Bullpen