How A Sabermetrics Nerd Predicted Last Night’s Election And Changed Politics Forever

The date was October 14th, 1984. The Tigers led the Padres 3 wins to 1 loss in Game 5 of the World Series. Behind 5-4 in the top of the 9th inning, the Padres handed the ball to their best reliever, Goose Gossage. After spending the last 9 seasons as arguably the best reliever in...

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How about Angel Pagan?

In one of our daily email correspondences, Steve brought up the idea of signing Torii Hunter, and he, Moshe, and Mike E. were discussing the pros and cons. Out of no where, Dom brought up the idea of recent World
Series winner Angel Pagan as an option. Admittedly, I...

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Soria interested in Yankees, but for how much?

One of the things that makes an offseason particularly interesting for a Yankees fan is that, sooner or later, basically every available player of any note is going to be tied to your team at one point or another. A big chunk of that is just mindless assumption that the Yankees will gobble up everyone without regard to whether or not it makes sense, to be sure, but another large part of it is because, at some point, every player and his agent wants to get the Yankees and other big market teams into the picture in an attempt to squeeze more money out of the market.

The latest such case comes in the form of Joakim Soria, whose agent told everyone he was willing to take a setup role to Mariano Rivera in order to play for the Yankees. Soria, a former All-Star closer who is coming off of Tommy John surgery, would presumably be seeking to fill a Rafael Soriano like role with the Yankees; adding depth to the bullpen and serving as an “insurance policy,” and perhaps heir apparent, to Rivera.…

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Cashman to speak to Hunter’s agent

The annual general managers’ meeting will take place from tomorrow through Friday, and Ken Davidoff and George King of the Post note that Brian Cashman is expected to meet with Larry Reynolds, the agent of free agent outfielder Torii Hunter, at some point during the festivities. In fact, Cashman will meet with every agent who attends the meetings, including Scott Boras, but the meeting with Reynolds could be especially important, as the Yankees are looking for a bargain to play right field for them and Hunter has expressed interest in playing for the Bombers.

The 37 year old Hunter hit .313./.365/.451 with 16 home runs and a wRC+ of 130 in 2012, and has produced a wRC+ above 105 in every season since 2004. Given his general productivity and solid defense, he’d be a fine option to fill a short-term role in the Yankees’ outfield if they could get him on a reasonable deal (preferably no longer than one season), but I’m not sure I wouldn’t prefer Ichiro Suzuki to him based on the speed factor.…

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Yankees may have already made their best off-season move

When the Yankees “reassigned” Nardi Contreras as the head honcho of minor league pitching, the first reaction would be to write a negative piece about the Yankees’ recent history of developing young pitchers. But as Brien mentioned in his post today, such thoughts are merely speculation and it is hard to pin down how much of any success or failure is due to bad luck such as injuries, etc. But instead of writing such a piece, it seems more fitting on an Election Day to look ahead and not backwards. The Yankees might have already made their best off-season move by hiring Gil Patterson as their Director of Pitching. Forget the past and welcome to the now and the future. Patterson is a wonderful choice.

Again, we can talk about good fortune and the like, but look what the Oakland Athletics did in 2012 and as far as they went thanks to their young pitching. That young pitching has been developed in their own system and who was the head of that system’s pitching?…

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Thoughts from exile

So I picked a pretty bad week to be stuck offline, huh? The beginning of the offseason can typically be a lot of hype and very little action, but a) some actually important things do happen in the first week when everyone has to make decisions on options and such, and b) hype is still fun when there’s no actual baseball to watch. So to catch up, here are some brief thoughts on some of the Yankees related stories I missed in real time:

Mo’s coming back: Mariano Rivera gave everyone a bit of a scare when it was reported that he was having second thoughts about playing in 2013, but that was short lived, and the GOAT did indeed confirm his intention to play next season. Obviously that’s good news for the Yankees’ bullpen, but for the most part I don’t think there was ever really much reason to doubt that Mo would at least attempt to play another season.…

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The Best Laid Plans

As the blackout last week rolled on, the conversations between my father and me inevitably rolled to baseball. One thing he kept bringing up was how this upcoming Hot Stove season would be the most challenging for Yankee GM Brian Cashman. While I think there may have been more pressure to reload after missing the...

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Back in the saddle again

Morning everyone, and it’s good to be back after a week without internet service after superstorm Sandy came through here. That was annoying, but otherwise everything is fine her. We were out of power for less than 24 hours and most of the area came away without any major damage, but there were several trees uprooted in our neighborhood, one of which pretty much demolished a house. That was pretty scary. If you’re on the East Coast I certainly hope you’re doing as well post-Sandy and bracing for this next batch of bad weather that’s coming for us, but hopefully we’ll be getting back to business as usual around here in the interim. A huge thanks to William and Stacey for doing a great job of keeping things moving here while I was out of commission.

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Yankees Claim Eli Whiteside

From MLB Trade Rumors:

The Yankees announced that they claimed catcher Eli Whiteside off of waivers from the Giants.

Whiteside appeared in 12 games with the Giants this past season and played another 60 contests with San Francisco’s Triple-A affiliate. In parts of five seasons at the MLB level, the 33-year-old has a .215/.273/.335 batting line. Whiteside, a right-handed hitter, became San Francisco’s primary catcher in 2011 after Buster Posey went on the disabled list. He’s arbitration eligible with a projected 2013 salary of $600K.

Not sure what this means or if Whiteside will ever put on a Yankee uniform but hey, it’s baseball news on a cold Monday in November!

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