It has not changed. We're just doing a better job of explaining it. And it's something that many of us try to do by using the phrase "option years." Options have always been for the entire year -- one covers the season. So, Edmundo Sosa was optioned out of camp the other day. That means he can come and go all season from the majors and still burn one option year. A player can be optioned back and forth as many times as needed or deserved in that year. John Brebbia went through that last year, and he could go through it again this year on the shuttle because one option year covers the whole thing. It has always been that way. A majority of players get three option years. A few get four, and a few get that fourth because of injuries, and they are awarded service time in exchange for that option year.
Things change. Performance, recovery, and the sense that he hasn't cut it loose yet -- and here's something else: It will change again. Ready to relieve now does not mean he'll be a reliever all year. He's always been on the varying role program.
He's here in minor-league camp. He got his first Grapefruit League at-bat in the pats few days. He could finish the season in Class AA.
There isn't such a record because these games don't count. It's like hitting a home run in batting practice. That isn't possible. Such a thing doesn't exist.
No idea. He's got the talent to push the issue and not be a courtesy callup. He'll be a player when he arrives.
Jacob Woodford has been with the Cardinals for a long time just as a young draft pick and a pitcher who moved steadily through the organization without the flash of Hicks or speed of Flaherty or sinker of Hudson, but no less impressive in his steadiness. He's only 22. This past year, split between Class AA and Class AAA, he pitched more than 140 innings and he had an ERA of 4.90. That's not going to catch many eyes, but consider he had 28 starts and that is an average of nearly 5 1/3 innings per start. That kind of steadiness has value, and Woodford has fans because his stuff is starting to play up. He's going to get a chance to be on the depth chart for starters, and it wouldn't surprise the Cardinals at all if he comes up like Ponce de Leon did a year ago.
I understood what you meant. Woodford, not me. He can share his view of me. That's up for him to share, not me.
They have not said. They have not accepted that scenario as one they want to confront.
They use Trackman and other advanced radars to get a feel for such things as exit velocity and spin rates and true strikes and so on and so on. So when Ozuna lines out he's not getting the fact that he's batting .000 he's getting details on the liner and how often that's a hit. What's the exit velocity? Where was the ball headed? What's the launch angle, etc.? That's what they're going off of. We just had an interesting talk about this in Shildt's office. A lot of times individual stats can be dismissed because of sample size. But as a team -- not so much. So I asked him how he looks at the team stats and what they say about overall production and areas of trouble. He said he looks at the walks that the pitchers are allowing (that's improved) and the strikeouts that the hitters are having, and sometimes the defensive troubles the team is having. But overall this team has been far sharper than any team in recent years down here. They played ragged baseball in recent springs, and there was no way around it. We're seeing crisper play, better defense, and wiser plays in the field. The offense has fluctuated for sure, and there are reasons for some concern with a few hitters. There's time to sort it out. And it won't always be the box scores that tell us. Dexter Fowler had a good day, and the box score tells us that. Harrison Bader also had a solid day, but the box score isn't as kind. The tech/metrics will be.
And, yet, I kid you not the questions would suggest the opposite. How fascinating. Maybe it's me.
It's back where it belonged -- the dustbin. Statistical garbage.
Because he has made a commitment to the city of Philadelphia and Mike Trout - or something, something, something cheap owners something something.
Absolutely: Matt Wieters.
Coming in tomorrow's newspaper. That's what we call in the business a tease.
We are seeing a different game at this point. That's not the Fowler that has been playing in these games.
Yes. And it has been noted there is more power in there for him to tap. It is a remarkable thing because as you suggest there is no guarantee, and there was an example of a pitcher who had a similar surgery and was not the same, not the same power pitcher, when he returned.
Yes, because I have access to what people read, what connects with people, and I can use that to inform how I present stories they should read -- or I hope they read -- and also give the paying customer something that they desire, that they will seek out, and that they will return for. Analytics have been invaluable to me as a newspaperman.
Agreed. It was the one that made all the rest of these movies possible. The current run of superhero films isn't as good or isn't as plentiful if that movie doesn't open the door. When we sat down a few years ago and codified Movie Metrics, Spider-Man II was a top-five superhero film, not too far from Dark Knight and other breakout/important movies in the genre. It said a superhero movie can be a good movie; it doesn't have to be Transformers.