(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog. It is the second in a series on infamous or controversial historical figures who also had a notable association with baseball. For the first installment on John Dillinger, click here).
Chicago, the town that Billy Sunday could not shut down” – Lyrics from “Chicago” by Fred Fisher
Friend of the blog Steve H made a fascinating comparison on Twitter last night that highlights the power of perception and narrative in sports:
Player A: 74.2 IP, 9.16 K/9, 3.62 BB/9, .72 HR/9, 1.93 ERA, 3.37 FIP, 3.59 xFIP
Player B: 71.2 IP, 9.67 K/9, 2.76 BB/9, .75 HR/9, 4.40 ERA, 2.98 FIP, [...]
The Red Sox have acquired quite a few players this off season. They brought in Carl Crawford, Bobby Jenks and Adrian Gonzalez, and didn’t shed all that much in payroll. The Yankees, on the other hand, have both freed up some payroll space and declined to bring in any big name free agents.
According to [...]
Per Marc Carig on Twitter yesterday, Brian Cashman was once again asked whether Joba Chamberlain would be given another chance to win a spot in the rotation. Cashman’s answer? “It’s [Chamberlain's starting pitching repertoire] just not the same stuff.”
While Cashman has [...]
A commenter on RAB last night brought up an interesting point.
Has anybody yet considered the out-of-this-world possibility that like all other franchises, it’s ok for the Yankees to have a gap year?
In the back of all our minds, I’m sure we’ve considered this. And as soon as we did, we likely got [...]
Arguably the biggest knock against Phil Hughes in 2010 — aside from giving up 8,000 home runs to the Toronto Blue Jays — was Hughes’ difficulty in putting hitters away with two strikes as the season wore on. I thought it might [...]
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