Mike Newman deviated from his Sally League stomping grounds and caught a K-Mets game earlier this month. He got some good video and came away with thoughts on Gavin Cecchini, Branden Kaupe and Akeel Morris.
I love the conclusion of this article, which really highlights one of the major factors that had me start to follow the Jays, and baseball in general, again after many years of disinterest.
From the article:
"With Alex Anthopoulos at the helm, the Blue Jays have become one of the more creative teams in Major League Baseball. Their strategy in the 2012 Draft is just another example of that creativity at work."
The gist of the argument: The Pirates have gotten a lot from Bedard, Burnett and McDonald. But the Pirates have also been clutch players!
Yes, clutch players. The Pirates have produced in high-leverage situations.
FanGraphs recently released its television broadcaster rankings, which were based on input from fans. Radio broadcaster rankings are next, and today the Mets team is up for judgment. FanGraphs requests that the 2011 tandem of Howie Rose and Wayne Hagin be considered. Hagin has since been replaced by Josh Lewin.
Interesting to see relief pitchers cost a heck of lot more per WAR than their counterparts on the team.
Also interesting to note that one of the considerations is whether or not " whether general managers are building better bullpens to save their jobs." I would assume this to be foolish, given the volatility of reliever performance year to year.