Mechanical. He's all revved up and his release point has the flight pattern of a wasp.
We can agree that ERA has its flaws and still do what it takes to make it better. My concern is exactly as you stated: The pitcher, for the first time in baseball history, does not have to release the ball for a hitter to get first base. The manager simply makes that decision and thus it happens. It strikes me as wrong -- the exact opposite of the essence of the game.
They are not alone, and don't deserve to be highlighted alone. The team has a whole is at fault for giving away games as you mention.
A buddy of mine from college Jonathan Pitts wrote Herzog's book. Was always jealous.
Until he moves him to the No. 3 spot, probably.
Kind of you to include me in the same sentence. I wrote a book a few years ago. Working on another project now that could definitely become the next one, a better one. Hopeful to have more about that much later this season. I'm excited, but cautious, as always.
Benjamin Hochman brought this up in the podcast that we recorded and will soon drop. He mentioned how RH the lineup is and how that could complicate any changes to it. For example, moving Carpenter up to No. 2 spot in the order means that the order will go left (Wong), pinch hit, switch (Fowler), and left (Carpenter), and that means that a team could go to a lefty reliever and just work the way through an entire inning plus. I'm less worried about the handedness than most, because it seems like some hitters, left or right, should be able to do damage against pitchers from either side. Fowler, Diaz, Piscotty, and Carpenter shouldn't be susceptible to handedness, and that's the core of the lineup right there. Gyorko, too, for that matter, though there's Garcia as a complement if needed.
Kolten Wong is doing well in No. 8. Diaz belongs at No. 2. He can take the "pressure."
That's what spring training is for, and it's not going to come at the expense of players who you already know are "real."
Piscotty drove that change. For consistency.
They're going to be looking at the available bats, for sure.
Entirely possible. Many former players have had some responses to this. Hank Aaron said he and Willie Mays were talking about how acceptable strikeouts have become, and how that is just a foreign concept and a foreign game to them. Would they have had to adjust to stick? To make money? You point out a few players who would have to adjust their games -- and definitely could -- find a way to stick in the game, or even get a crack at the game. It's far more preferable to think of the advanced metrics as tools to mine gems like Bowman or understand value like Eaton's, and not to suppress players who we saw previously.
They return to the clubhouse. The manager is not to have input in the game, but seriously it's a short walk if necessary for someone to ask.
Sure. You have to attribute some. He had decades of experience and instincts that others are gaining on the go here. There were calls he could make with positioning that he just .... knew. He didn't need the spreadsheet or computer data to guide his hand -- only inform it. That comes from so many years of watching players and watching hitters and watching Molina call pitches and -- well, the natural gift Oquendo had for blending all of those things together. He told me about the studying he did on video to get a sense of where opponents hit the ball and the calculus he did with the fielders he had to get them in the position to make the most likely play. If a player was good to his right at shortstop (Diaz, Kozma) then Oquendo would intuitively know to move him over to compensate for that. If a player was better to his left (handful of other shortstops) then Oquendo would make that call because he had a feel that can only be gained over time and the trust of the fielders involved. Those are difficult traits to get immediately. Instincts aren't Jiffy-Pop.
Alright, need a few minutes here to do some reporting. Will bring some multimedia aspects here hopefully, and keep the questions coming.
Carlos Martinez has ditched the silver extensions and is back to the usual hair. Just FYI. Cue overreaction to style.
Excellent book. Tim Brown did the best job of any reporter yet to get Ankiel to open up, be introspective, and describe the hell he went through, and trust me many of us tried through the years.
Open negotiations. Can sign with anyone he chooses, even teams that can only offer a minimal bonus. Odd if he does that.