19
AUG
2015

Zaun is Right: Trout is Better.

I hear there has been some outrage over my former broadcasting comrade, Greg Zaun, implying that Trout is—if we all had to vote now—the clear cut AL MVP, and that it’s not even close. Well, I think it’s kinda close. If you look at their respective numbers it’s certainly close...
17
AUG
2015

Roster Shuffles and Tulo’s Struggles

Hutchison will head south to Buffalo so the Jays can keep him on his throwing program. The Jays have lots of off days coming up and when you’re having he kind of year Hutchison is, you get demoted so you can, “stay on schedule” instead of having the schedule rearranged for you....
11
AUG
2015

The Five Steps

What do players play for? A great question, and, depending on when you ask a player during his career, it can be answered in many different ways…. I remember my first and only Spring training with the Rays. I got a big league camp invite, which meant I got treated like a...
05
DEC
2014

Zduriencik Made Saunders Trade Inevitable

Last night, on TSN, I was asked if the JA Happ for Saunders trade was a good deal, or, considering that Happ was one of the Jays’ most dependable pitchers going down the stretch in the second half of last season, if the Jays didn’t give away too much with him. Rationale:...
29
NOV
2014

Josh Donaldson Trade Evaluation

Josh Donaldson for Kendall Graveman, Sean Nolin, Brett Lawrie and Franklin Barreto… If you’re looking at this deal in and of itself—4 relatively unproven quantities for one proven one—the Jays got better and didn’t lose anything measurable with the subtraction of prospects...
31
AUG
2013

No To Ro

Ricky Romero is a touchy subject. I’ve already written on him so much this season that I almost feel like I’m trolling by bringing him up again. But hey, it’s a topic the people like to hear about and far be it from me not to give the people what they want. As I’m inclined to do...
31
AUG
2013

Old Man Yells At Cloud: Tom Seaver & Survivorship Bias

I have a lot of time for Tom Seaver. He’s a stud, one of the best pitchers ever, and he sure as hell doesn’t need to listen to a guy with a career as short as mine to know it. Fortunately, I don’t need a long career to tell Seaver to pipe down with his “today’s pitchers are...
31
JUL
2013

A-Rod VS Tolstoy

Alex Rodriguez is addicted to greatness. I’m sure if I tried hard enough, I could rearrange that sentence into something that would make a great guidance counsellor’s office poster. Maybe something with an eagle, wings spread, cresting a mountain peak? But that would only...
01
JUN
2013

RA Dickey VS Chaos Theory

Believe me, no one is more tired of hearing RA Dickey say he’s still trying to figure out his knuckleball than me. The whole, “it’s a process”, “it’s a journey”, “the knuckleball is a capricious animal”, shtick—I’m over it. At some point this has to stop being a...
12
APR
2013

Baseball Central Topics for April 12th, 2013

Hastily assembled, error filled, pre-show notes. Padres/Dodgers Fight! *Carlos Quinten is the most plunked hitter in baseball. You know he has some regressed hitter rage just waiting to get out. *CQ says that this was because of some history he had with Zack Greinke from 2009....