The ABCs of Baseball’s Next CBA

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog).

Over the past two days, the NFL and its players association have been engaged in a high stakes game of chicken. Will the league lock the players out? Will the union decertify first and force the fate of a new CBA into the courts? Or, will...

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Cervelli out at least a month with broken foot, is it Montero time?

Chad Jennings of Lohud reported that catcher Francisco Cervelli, who injured his foot with a foul ball in yesterday’s Spring Training game, will miss at least 4 weeks with a fracture in his foot.  This is an unfortunate situation for Cervelli, who was the likely front-runner for the backup catcher position on the major...

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We Are All False Witnesses: First A-Rod and Now LeBron

This is a guest post from friend of the blog Eddie Perez, who can be found at @eddieperez23 on twitter.

This has been a fun week for the LeBron James detractors, as “LeBrick” and “LeFraud” tweets filled my timeline with the Heat losing 3 close games...

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David Ortiz holds court

Ortiz on what seems to be a curiosity for what it must be like playing for the Yankees, because everyone seems to say great things:

“Their players always pass that around, that the Yankees are the best team to play for, this and that and blah, blah, blah,” Ortiz said. “That’s why there are a lot of players who want to go there and see what’s up, and then they come out with the same communication. Why? I don’t know.” […]

“Actually, I never get to talk to anyone about playing here,” he said. “I never get asked by players: ‘What’s it like to play for the Red Sox?’ That’s interesting. I never get: ‘How is it over there?’ You’ve got more fans asking you that than players. That’s funny how it sounds, but that’s how it is.”

Even Ortiz has inquired about what it’s like to play for the Yankees.

“I asked Alex and Johnny, ‘Hey, how do you like it over there?’ They say, ‘Oh, man, it’s awesome.

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Players to Watch: N.L. East

Let’s end our week with an eye towards the Right Coast and the N.L. teams that inhabit it. You know the drill.

NL West
NL Central

Starting, as we so normally do, at the top with the Phillies. Let’s go with t3h 4 @ce$! shall we? No. The obvious choice here is Dominic...

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The Jesus Montero chatter gains volume

This is a day or two old, but keeping with the theme:

For a guy who has his type of bat, I have a lot of respect for how hard he has worked to improve [defensively] from last year,” [Phil]  Hughes said after a 2-0 loss to the Pirates at McKechnie Field. […]

[David]  Robertson’s eyes widened when asked about Montero, who went 0-for-3 and is 1-for-6 in two games.

I first saw him when I signed here and it’s amazing how much better he has gotten,” Robertson said. “He sets up good, blocks balls in the dirt and stays down. He looks good.”

Arm strength has never been a negative with the 21-year-old Montero. Footwork, balance, weight shift and release have required work.

And there’s more, from Marc Carig:

A lot better,” [Ivan]  Nova said. “I see him more down (near) the plate, not too tall, staying low with the pitches, and calling a really good game.…

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An Anti-Stat Argument Murray Chass Would Be Embarrased Of

We have entered sports’ industrial revolution. Statistics are making sports homogenized, faster and efficient. For those standing in the hallway or blocking up the hall, it will only get worse.

We’re three sentences in, and I have no idea what the heck is going on. This is always a promising sign.

Seriously though, I don’t know how statistics are making sports faster or more homogenized. Given the various debates that rage more or less constantly over the use of various statistics, the validity of certain ones, etc., I really have no idea how stats have made sports more homogenized. As they say, that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.

Sports consciousness is in for a sea change and ESPN plans to be at the forefront.The WWL has hired engineer and former NBA consultant Dean Oliver as “director of production analytics.” Wielding ESPN’s power, he will infuse new stats into the marketplace to weed out the common, misplaced understanding.

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