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Tuesday, April 29, 2003
There are now 11 Cub blogs in the "Team-Specific Weblogs" section. No other team has more than 4. I still haven't come across a Diamondbacks blog.
The Toronto Black Jays? "The Toronto Blue Jays plan to formally change their name to the Jays and redesign the team's uniform, possibly introducing the colour black." (CBC Sports)
Batter's Box thread on the Black Jays. King Rat: "As a member of the 18-to-34 year old market segment, I'd like to know why the hell every team in professional sports feels compelled to put the colour black in their uniforms. And I also think that 'Toronto Jays' sounds less appealing to the ear than 'Toronto Blue Jays.' It's a lot choppier. I will now go fume with the rest of the young fogeys."
How long can KC train keep rolling? Rany Jazayerli: "The Royals have a powerful weapon in their battle to keep Lady Luck on their side all season: their bullpen." (Topeka Capital-Journal)
Rany Jazayerli: "I argued that the transformation of baseball's worst bullpen to one of its best is the single biggest factor in the Royals' amazing start. Remind me never to do that again. But it really was one of baseball's best bullpens, at least before [Sunday]." (Rob and Rany on the Royals, April 27 entry)
War, sluggish economy cited for rise in empty seats. (ESPN.com)
Mike Carminati: "Baseball has ridden two decades of revenue growth due to a baseball nostalgia that swept the country. They chose to kill that golden goose by pointing out every blemish in the sport just as that nostalgia was wearing thin." (Mike's Baseball Rants)
Jason Michael Barker: "Remember when Bob Melvin was first hired, and he made that comment about batting average and speed versus on-base percentage that made us all feel so much better about his hiring? It went something like, 'I'd much rather have a guy who hits .260 with a .360 OBP and doesn't run well than a guy who runs well, hits .300 but only has a .310 OBP.' Well, get ready to swing back the other way." (U.S.S. Mariner, April 28 entry, permalink not working)
Prospectus Triple Play: Brewers, Athletics, Astros. "Thanks to the [Oakland] organization's due diligence and risk acceptance, Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito are all signed through 2005, for contracts that total $6.2 million in 2003, $11.7 million in 2004, and $16.8 million in 2005. Considering the large contracts players like Freddy Garcia are being awarded in arbitration, signing the Big Three early and under market value has become essential to keeping the A's in contention on their budget. Of course, that risk acceptance can lead to signings like Terrence Long or Jermaine Dye too." (Baseball Prospectus)
Fish Fry, Week 4. Don Malcolm analyzes the Marlins. "Some interesting nuggets here—the Fish swing like overactive chimps when they’re ahead in close games (walking only 4.7% of the time). Is this possibly evidence of “hitting to the score”? Well, if so, how then to explain that when ahead in non-close games, the Fish post their highest OPS in all of these breakouts (.867)?" (Big Bad Baseball)