The Baseball Hall of Fame just announced this year's class of inductees, and there were some notable names missing. Here's Nate Silver
on the numbers. His point is basically that good baseball players today are better than great baseball players of yesteryear.
If youâ€™re not willing to reserve a place for players who meet or exceed the statistical standards of the average Hall of Famers at their positions, however â€” players like a Larkin or a Bagwell â€” the discussion really ought to turn to which players we need to kick out. No Barry Larkin? No Travis Jackson. No Tim Raines? No Max Carey. No Jeff Bagwell? No High Pockets Kelly. No Trammell and Whitaker? Thatâ€™s fine: letâ€™s boot Tinker and Evers.
Barry Larkin and Jeff Bagwell, 2 players who didn't make it but should have, are indicative of how people vote now. Barry Larkin didn't make it because he was merely spectacular for close to a decade, not eye poppingly amazing, during an era of steroid use. Jeff Bagwell, on the other hand, had amazing stats, also during an era of steroid use. It seems like Larkin is being compared unfavorably in light of ballooning offensive stats, for not doing steroids. On the other hand, Bagwell is being punished for having those stats during the same era, even though there's never been evidence of steroid abuse.
This is a list
of the pitchers with the top 10 strikeout rates among starters 22 or younger with at least 50 innings pitched. See Washington National's phenom Stephen Strasburg on there at number 2?
1 Kerry Wood
2 Stephen Strasburg
3 Dwight Gooden
4 Mark Prior
5 Oliver Perez
6 Sam McDowell
7 Mark Prior
8 Scott Kazmir
9 Oliver Perez
10 Rick Ankiel
Recently, the Tampa Bay Rays wore plaid blazers, or BRayzers, on a road trip.
Recently, Alan Cumming
wore a plaid suit to the Creative Arts EMMYs.
Recently, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones
went back on tour.
These can not all be a coincidence.
Basically, unless you're drafted in one of the fist several rounds, you don't make very much money
. Depending on the state, most players make less than minimum wage, and that's only during the 4.5 months they're actually paid. Not very glamorous at all. Really interesting read.
But the biggest difference may very well be the money. The minimum annual salary in Major League Baseball currently sits at $400,000. Meanwhile, most players at the minor league level who havenâ€™t reached minor league free agency are lucky to make $10,000 over the course of a season; a survey of players revealed that those in rookie ball make $1,250-1,300 a month while players in Triple-A, the highest level of the minors, can make roughly $1,000 more per month while under the contracted amount.
Can you imagine if this kid had died after being Tasered for running on the field at a Phillies game
? I have a feeling MLB is going to ban the use of Tasers for this type of situation in the future.
Oops, this one came from The Daily What
. My bad.
Sometimes you wonder why people post mug shot photos, and sometimes you just know
Matthew Clemmens was mad about his friend getting thrown out of the Phillies game for being unruly, so he made himself throw up on an off-duty cop. And his 11 year old daughter. You've got to not do that at the baseball game, folks.
If you were curious about Charlie Brown's composite baseball statistics Wezen-Ball
has calculated them for you. They've taken the time to go through 2 decades of Peanuts comics to provide a detailed analysis of the 60s and 70s. It's glorious and compulsive documentation. I approve.V
Via Baseball Musings
In this article
about the Red Sox' recent moves, Alex Speier touches on their trade of Casey Kotchman for Mariners' utility man Bill Hall. It's been said this offseason that the Sox are especially concerned about the luxury tax and are doing everything in their power to remain under the $170 million salary threshold. This threshold is determined based on the average annual value of a contract, Bill hall's 4 years at $24 million for instance would be a cost of $6 million against the luxury tax threshold. However, since his contract was structured differently, and since the Brewers were paying the Mariners almost the full amount of the contract, Bill Hall's expiring contract is actually worth around -$1.5 million against the threshold.
Expiring contracts have a significant trade value in the NBA, but I've never heard of any baseball trades being made for this reason. Bill Simmons goes so far as to suffix Expiring Contract onto the end of any player in the last year of a contract, so at the very least, we should refer to Bill Hall as Bill Hall's Expiring Contract for this season, right?
Hall is in the last guaranteed year of a four-year, $24 million deal that will pay him $8.4 million next season. The Mariners, according to a major-league source, will pay $7.5-8 million of his salary â€” essentially sending the Sox the same money that was given to Seattle by the Brewers when the Mâ€™s acquired Hall last summer.
Hallâ€™s contract is evaluated for luxury tax purposes as being worth $6 million in 2010, based on its AAV. But the full amount of the cash transfer â€” call it $7.5 million â€” will be deducted from the Soxâ€™ payroll as determined for luxury tax purposes. That being the case, Hall will actually reduce the Soxâ€™ payroll in calculating the competitive balance tax by roughly $1.5 million dollars. Overall, then, the Sox were able to sign Beltre and add Hall and a player to be named at a cost (for CBT purposes) of roughly $2 million in 2010.
The on again, off again movie version of Michael Lewis' book, Moneyball, is back on
. Bennett Miller, director of Capote, has been brought in to steer this ship home. He will, apparently, be taking the movie in a direction different, and more mainstream, than original director Steven Soderbergh.
Here's a video of Michael Lewis explaining
the origin of The Blind Side. There's about 15 people in the theater when he does.
If it's pettiness you crave, here's a bazillion word, 2 part series on The Forgotten Man Of Moneyball
, Eric Walker. In an interesting move assuring a constant bias, the author of the piece is that forgotten man, Eric Walker.
Lastly, I'd like to again ask why Liar's Poker has not yet been made into a movie.