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Pictures from The Hall, part 1

Over the next few days, I’ll pepper the site with a few of my favorite pictures from my Hall of Fame visit this past weekend. Two of my favorites are first.

These two were not part of an exhibit; they were giant blown-up versions of what were probably index card sized documents. They floored me although most people ran by them as they were in a corridor between other exhibits.

Not interested in pro ball until he graduates“. How often do you hear that these days?

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The week that was at IIATMS, 4/24/11

A very eventful week here at IIATMS with lots of tasty morsels still to be sampled.

That’s the week in review. Feel free to ignore Mariano Rivera‘s two blown saves this week. Unless you’re a panic-monger and want to predict the end of the world while you’re at it. Continue reading The week that was at IIATMS, 4/24/11

Friday fun facts & figures

Happy Friday to all and a Good Friday to those celebrating. Absent of breaking news and game review discussions, here’s a collection of random facts and figures from around the game:

  • The Kansas City Royals, yes, THE ROYAL, lead MLB in average road attendance with 36,406. The Mets second with 36,196.
  • So the Royals are the draw when they are on the road, but at home, no one seems to care as they are second from the bottom with a meager 15,509 average. Least supported home team: Cleveland Indians, averaging 14,391.
  • The easiest ticket to get when they are in town (so far): The White Sox, with an average road attendance of 15,779.
  • There are four teams who have played to at least 98% capacity at home so far this season: Phillies 104.2%, Boston 101.2%, SF 99.7%, Minnesota 98.0%. In case you’re curious, the Yanks sit 6th in home attendance capacity at 82.9%.
  • Home warriors: Phillies lead in average attendance with 45,483. Yanks sit third with 41,685.

[Of course the attendance figures are skewed by the teams they are playing and where they are playing, not to mention the vagaries of the weather. But it’s early and drawing false conclusions are easy, not to mention fun.]

  • The Yankees lead all of MLB in home runs with 30 in 16 games played. Not surprisingly, they also lead in OPS with .824.
  • This might be my favorite factoid: The Yankees, as a team, are averaging a home run once every 17.5 AB’s. The MLB average is 42.2 AB/HR. For comparison, Alex Rodriguez is averaging, for his career to date, 14.37 AB/HR.
  • And then there’s the Twins, who might need to bat from second base to help their measly 102.3 AB/HR rate.
  • San Diego (26, 74% success rate) and KC (24, 86% rate) lead their respective leagues in stolen bases. Catchers can rest easier when facing Baltimore (4) or the Cubs (2), however.
  • Feeling a breeze, Pittsburgh? Leading the league in whiffs with 169. Texas (94) and Yanks (99) are the least whifftastic.
  • According to fangraphs.com, the American League “leader” in the worst WAR so far this season: Carl Crawford at -1.2. Our own Brett Gardner is not far behind, in a three way tie for second worst with a -0.5 WAR.
  • Best WAR so far: Howie Kendrick at 1.2. Winners, please bring your ticket to the booth. Curtis Granderson is tied with Kendrick at 1.2.
  • wRC+ leader: ARod at 236. Russell Martin is 4th with 182, followed quickly by Curtis Granderson (181) and Mark Teixeira (180).
  • wRC+ dogs: Brett Gardner -7 and Carl Crawford -4. The only two AL players in the negative. I always hoped that Gardner would develop into a Crawford-lite. Except now, not so much.
  • Into ISO: Three Yankees lead in isolated power: Granderson (.418), ARod (.415) and Teixeira (.379). Skipping Carlos Quintin, the next two are Jorge Posada (.300) and Martin (.294)
  • Team leader in OPS+: Yankees at 126.

Got a favorite fact, stat, figure that I didn’t hit on? Add it below in the comments. Continue reading Friday fun facts & figures

The week that was at IIATMS, 4/17/11

It was a rather productive week here at IIATMS. Some very good original pieces as well as the usual recaps, summaries and other reactions to the news of the day. Let’s highlight some of it:

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Comment of the day: “We are Yankee fans”

This might be my favorite comment in quite a while, from biscuit pants:

…we are Yankee fans.

We don’t need to debase ourselves by attacking the integrity of Kevin Youkilis or anyone else. Red Sox fans still have a 1918-complex that makes them hate us personally, but we are better than that.

We should not act like them, because we are not like them.

A Yankee fan’s favorite chant is “Let’s go Yankees.” A Red Sox fan’s favorite chant is “Yankees suck.”

A Yankee fan looks at this series and says, “Okay, we lost a series. We are now one game out of first place. Let’s go beat the Orioles.” A Red Sox fan looks at this series and says, “The first six losses are okay, because we beat the Yankees in Fenway.”

That’s why they all remember the Roberts steal and the bloody sock game more than anything that happened in the 2004 world series.

Red Sox fans always hated Derek Jeter and Jason Giambi and every other great Yankee. But we had nothing but the utmost respect for the likes of Pedro and Manny. We welcomed Johnny Damon with open arms, even after he’d embarrassed us with that grand slam in game 7.

So was Youkilis’ slide a dirty play? Absolutely. And it was rightly called interference. But if we call him a whiner, it just turns us into them.

To steal a line from Boston homer Bill Simmons: Yep, these are my readers. Damn proud of ’em, too. Continue reading Comment of the day: “We are Yankee fans”

The week that was at IIATMS, 4/10/11

The season is fully underway and Baltimore is looking great while Tampa Bay is looking awful. Let’s take a spin around the site and see what was particularly noteworthy this week:

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Jeter’s lineup spot means little to his performance

This won’t be a long posting, but it came up on the train ride to work on Friday and only now am I getting around to it. Below are Derek Jeter’s career splits from the position in the lineup. For all the hue-and-cry about whether he’s leading off the game or batting second, it means little to his actual performance. In fact, the similarities are rather eerie:

I Split G AB BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip tOPS+
Batting 1st 732 3069 .313 .385 .454 .839 .351 100
Batting 2nd 1272 5194 .314 .384 .456 .840 .356 101
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table; Generated 4/3/2011.

That’s ridiculous. Now, if you want to debate moving Jeter to the 7th spot, that’s another story for another time. And that other time won’t be happing in 2011, I believe. Continue reading Jeter’s lineup spot means little to his performance

The Week That Was at IIATMS, 4/3/11

The first half-week of the season is behind us and the first series are now in the books. Let’s take a spin around the site and see what was particularly noteworthy this week:

Continue reading The Week That Was at IIATMS, 4/3/11