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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 20:52 
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It doesn't look like the Yankees are going to make wholesale changes this time round - and why would you?

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It doesn't look like the Yankees are going to make wholesale changes this time round - and why would you?

There will be changes though... and they tend to add players even when they don't need to, just because they can afford to. Their pitching could use some boosting too... the postseason format, with the added off days, protected their weaknesses quite well, there are still some issues in the bullpen they could shore up and another quality starter would be very handy. After Sabathia, Burnett and Petitte they only really had a decent performance from Joba Chamberlain in the regular season; CHien-Mien Wang and Phil Hughes didn't really cut it, and Sergio Mitre is barely major league standard, let alone good enough to pitch in a champion team. They can afford to chase another pitcher, and they will probably go after the very best ie. either outbid everyone for John Lackey, the best free agent on the market, or wangle a trade for Roy Halladay :( And all that is assuming they resign Andy Petitte (which I expect them to).

As for the outfield, either Damon or Matsui will be gone. Both are free agents and re-signing both would be surplus to requirements given their age. I expect Damon to return and Matsui to be finding a new home (Seattle?). Not sure about Swisher or Gardner as an every-day player, so maybe an outfielder will be on the cards too... splashing the cash on Jason Bay would be a huge statement of intent to dominate, and a really outstanding acquisition to boot. Although this is all overlooking Bay's old Pittsburgh teammate Xavier Nady who was out injured all season 2009, and a healthy Nady would be almost as awesome an addition, so they might decide the money would be better spent on pitching instead. Depends whether they are acquiring a pitcher by trade or by free agency really... trading for Halladay would involve giving up a major piece or two in their line-up, so that would mean more holes to plug.

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Apparently Damon is asking for too long a contract/too high wages, so Matsui is looking more likely. He would only be kept as a DH, though.

Of course, I've only been a baseball fan for about five minutes, so most of the names you've mentioned are all new to me. :DD

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Roy Halladay: Bluejays ace, regarded by many as the best pitcher in baseball. He may be or may not be, but you'll struggle to find a baseball fan who puts him outside the top 3. He is out of contract after next season and has expressed a desire to play for a team that will compete in the postseason. After many years of Toronto not being able to deliver postseason play for him despite his loyalty, nobody can really begrudge him seeking a new home when his contract is up. But to cash in on his market value, the Jays are likely to trade him away this off-season.

Chien-Mien Wang: Taiwanese Yankee pitcher who was actually really good in 2007 and 2008, and was probably considered their number 1 starter before Sabathia and Burnett signed this year. He sucked this year though (later found to be down to underlying injury issues), and didn't pitch at all since about July; what they expect from him in 2010 is anyone's guess.

Phil Hughes: young Yankee "ace" in the making who didn't look much like the ace they had hoped when they put him in the rotation in 2008 and again in 2009. Probably just too much pressure of expectation too soon though; his quality is good and he blossomed this year in the bullpen as the regular 8th inning guy setting up for Mariano Rivera, and will probably stay there.

Jason Bay: one of the best centre-fielders in baseball, now a free agent after his contract with the Red Sox expired. In terms of big hitters, he would be the prize name on the market this winter (30 home run plus per season guy), especially given his relative youth.

Xavier Nady: ditto with Bay, only "very good" rather than excellent. He'd be an everyday Yankee player when fit, no doubt about it. Certainly a big leap better than Swisher and Cabrera (who I forgot about), and Gardner who they probably only consider a defensive specialist and pinch-runner.

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Oops, didn't realise Nady had only signed a 1-year deal last year and is now a free agent too. And not an attractive one given the severity of the arm surgery he had last year, which I also hadn't realised :S

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Finally things starting to happen in the trading/signing market. Main movers so far are Atlanta Braves, who have re-invented their bullpen by signing TWO free-agents to pitch 8th and 9th innings, Takashi Saito (former Dodgers closer) and Billy Wagner (former Mets closer). Looks very good on paper, provided Wagner can pick it up again after some injury troubles.

Also: Phillies bolster by far their weakest position spot by getting Placido Polanco from the Tigers; not much of a power hitter but good for average, and defensively excellent although primarily at 2nd base. He *should* be fine to make the move back across to 3rd though, so definitely an upgrade for them as they try to reach 3 consecutive World Series. And the Redsox sign Toronto free agent Marco Scutaro, plugging their ever-troublesome shortstop hole. A sound pick-up for them, although not in the calibre of Polanco... in fact until 18 months ago he wasn't even a regular player at the major league level, and there is always the possibility that he just had a flukily good season this year with the Bluejays and won't really do much for them. But still, better than they had already, and it gives the Jays some high compensation picks in the next draft :)

Yeah, I know nobody cares, but woteva.

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One hour and seven minutes until spring training starts!

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The Rev Owen wrote:
One hour and seven minutes until spring training starts!

I woke up this morning and thought this very thing, albeit less precisely.

Going to be a washout of a year for the Jays this time around, but there could be some interesting happenings... Atlanta made some strong moves and could be genuine postseason contenders after their (brief) time in the doldrums, and Seattle made major "oh wow" deals in the off-season and could easily top the Angels this year. Let's play ball!

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I've got the official MLB iPhone app and everything!

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All set for opening day then! Yankees and Red Sox no less, getting us underway on April 4th... boom!

I also just realised, my mlb.tv subscription has already started so I can watch the spring training games if I see fit. Not that they are general worth watching or indicative of anything whatsoever... they are more meant as tryouts for those on the fringes looking to get the back-up slots on the roster, or pitchers trying to sneak into the 5th spot in the rotation or whatever.

Interesting to see how the Red Sox organise their rotation this year and who they consider their "ace"... their staff is very deep, even more so now they have picked up John Lackey, who I personally would have on the mound for opening day, but that would probably be too much of a snub for Josh Beckett so I imagine he will get the nod, and fair enough, it's a very close call. The roles of Dice-K and Tim Wakefield are going to be the most interesting to see... unless there was a trade I didn't know of that solved this problem? I confess to not having followed the comings and goings since Roy Halladay finally found his new home.

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I've got the official MLB iPhone app and everything!


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I've got the official MLB iPhone app and everything!


£8.99 this year! But worth it.

What do you actually get for your money?

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TheAlbin0Kid wrote:
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I've got the official MLB iPhone app and everything!


£8.99 this year! But worth it.

What do you actually get for your money?


News, scores, text commentary, audio commentary of all games, live video of a game or two a day, video highlights of all games, push notifications of games starting, ending and video highlights becoming available. And stuff.


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That does sound like quite good value. My mlb.tv package does sound quite pricey relatively now (about £12 per month), but then I can watch every single game live (or "as live" since everything gets archived), and on a bigger screen too so it feels more than worth it to me. Last year I probably watched 10 live games each week on average from July to the end of the World Series.

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The MLB At Bat app will sync with your MLB.tv subscription so you can watch all those games on your iPhone.


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The MLB At Bat app will sync with your MLB.tv subscription so you can watch all those games on your iPhone.

There's a stumbling block in there somewhere ;)

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Ok, so the season kicked off with a big opening day clash between the Yankees and Red Sox on Sunday night, and there were 13 more games happened yesterday... for the benefit of those with a passing interest in the game, I'm going to give short summaries of everything that goes on for as long as I can be arsed all season. If anyone is really bothered about spoilers then shout up and I will oblige by hiding things, but for now I can't be bothered.

So, Sunday night was defending champions vs biggest rivals.

It was a good day for:

1) baseball
2) Boston as they rally from 5-1 and 7-5 down to win
3) Curtis Granderson, the new Yankees centre fielder who hit a home run in his first at bat for his new club

It was a bad day for:

1) the Yankees bullpen, who are the one thing that stops the team being an unstoppable machine
2) Steven Tyler, whose version of the national anthem I didn't like.

And then 13 different opening days on Monday, with every team apart from Baltimore and Tampa Bay getting down and dirty.

It was a good day for:

1) Roy Halladay, who won his first start as a Philadelphia player with ease in front of a watching Barack Obama. Placido Polanco also set standards high for himself by hitting a grand slam on HIS Phillies debut, with 6 Runs Batted In in total.
2) Mark Buehrle, who blanked Cleveland to give his Chicago White Sox an opening win, in the process breaking the record for most consecutive opening day starts by a Chicago White Sox pitcher.
3) Albert Pujols, the best hitter of this generation, who hit not one but two home runs in St Louis' 11-6 win over Cincinatti; having led the league last year with 47, it looks like he ain't going to slow down.
4) Andrew Heyward, the rookie phenom who is only 20 but played so well pre-season that the Atlanta Braves just had to give him his debut. He hit a home run in his first ever major league at bat to lead an Atlanta romp over the Chicago Cubs.
5) Tim Lincecum, who started his bid for a 3rd consecutive Cy Young award by not allowing a run as his San Francisco Giants topped Houston.
6) Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who has the best name in baseball. He also had the day's only walk-off game-winning hit, sending the Texas fans into raptures with a bases loaded single in the bottom of the 9th as the Rangers toppled Toronto 5-4 :'(

It was a bad day for:

1) Carlos Zambrano, who was pulled from the Cubs/Braves game after less than two innings after being mauled for 8 runs... it finished 16-5.
2) Vincente Padilla, a surprise choice by the Dodgers to pitch their opening game; the young Pittsburgh team hit him pretty hard in what ended up an 11-5 Dodgers loss.
3) Jason Frasor, who blew the game in his first outing as the Bluejays official closer, getting only 1 out in the 9th inning as Texas rallied to win (see good day #6)
4) Zach Greinke, whose Kansas City team mates continue to torment him. Last year he pitched well enough to win 24 games, but only won 16 because his hitters couldn't hit. This year began with him only giving up 1 earned run against Detroit, only for his bullpen to give up 6 runs in the very next inning as the Royals slumped to an 8-4 defeat.

Seven games tonight!!!

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 0:00 
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Nice round-up. I'm going to watch the start of the Yankees/Red Sox game because I can't sleep.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 0:27 
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myoptikakaka wrote:
Nice round-up. I'm going to watch the start of the Yankees/Red Sox game because I can't sleep.

Didn't realise you'd subscribed to anything ;)

I'm going to click it on for an hour or so too, I'd back Boston again in this one... I worry about Burnett's consistency. Using the term "worry" loosely of course.

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Lol at your predictions. Very lol. Bullpen didn't look so bad last night.


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Good start for my mets against the marlins too

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Mrs Squirt, during a period of insomnia last year got addicted to baseball on ESPN, so I got her the MLBtv subscription this year, so she doesn't have to stay up until 3.30am to watch it. She's a Yankees fan, based quite a bit on the fact that she fancies Derek Jeter rotten. I'm considering cheering for the Red Sox just to annoy her.


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Lol at your predictions. Very lol. Bullpen didn't look so bad last night.

Even the worst bullpen will succeed more than they fail. Get to the 8th with Chamberlain and Rivera to come and it's fine, it's all the times they have to rely on others to get there that the problems will arise. Although Robertson has potential.

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Tuesdays rundown...

Good day for:

1) Carl Crawford/Evan Longoria - the former had a 2 run walk-off hit as the Tampa Bay Rays rallied from 3-2 down to win 4-3 in their season opener against Baltimore; earlier his teammate Longoria became only the 2nd Rays player ever to hit a home run into the upper deck of the stands at their Tropicana Field ballpark where the team has been playing since their inception in 1998.
2) Mark Ellis - more walk-off drama, this time Ellis providing the winning hit in the season's first extra innings game where Oakland evened the score with Seattle in 10 innings, 2-1 final score.
3) Barry Zito - the league's most overpaid pitcher made a strong start to what could be a career defining season for him personally by pitching six blank innings for the Giants as they beat Houston for the second day running, 3-0.

Bad day for:

1) Shortstops, especially Marco Scutaro - infield errors abounded in the big game at Fenway Park, but the biggest came from new Boston shortstop Marco Scutaro, whose bad throw in the 8th inning blew what would have been the final out and allowed the Yankees to snap a 4-4 tie in a game they went on to win 6-4 to get their championship defence up and running.
2) Hunter Pence and Houston - the Astros barely troubled the scoreboard yet in their 2 games, and their major player Pence led by example by going 0-5, still without a hit this season.
3) Joe Saunders - the Angels starter ran into trouble against the long ball as Minnesota hit him hard and early on the way to a 5-3 win in Los Angeles to level their series.

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The Astros aren't starting the season well. Grump.

On the plus side, Lance Berkman is out injured at the moment... when he gets back in action, they will improve from awful to merely bad :)

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The Astros game yesterday was DULLSVILLE. Switched over to Brewers vs Rockies around the 6th inning, which was a much better game.

From the sounds of it, the Yankees Red Sox game was a corker. Excellent pitching and fielding from both sides - went to the 10th inning!


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Here we go again for Wednesday...

Good day for:

1) Edgar Renteria, who had 5 of San Francisco's 19 hits as they completed a sweep of the awful Astros 10-4.
2) Vernon Wells, who hit 2 home runs back in his home town of Arlington to lead the Bluejays to a 7-4 win over the Rangers.
3) Kerry Johnson, who also hit 2 home runs, his first and second for his new club, as the Arizona Diamondbacks got their 2nd win of the year, 5-3 against San Diego.
4) Curtis Granderson, who is making Yankee fans forget the name Johnny Damon; his 10th inning home run was his 2nd in 3 games for his new team as the Yankees beat Boston 3-1 to begin the season with a series victory over their biggest rivals.
5) Matt Garza, who pitched 8 strong innings for Tampa Bay as they beat Baltimore 4-3 for the second consecutive night. Evan Longoria also homered for the second consecutive night.
6) Garrett Jones, who joined Vernon Wells at the top of the home run charts with a 3 run blast for the Pirates as they started the season strongly with a series win over the fancied Dodgers; last night's game was a 4-3 victory in 10 innings.

Bad day for:

1) Jonathon Papelbon, who wasn't his usual dominant self in surrendering the game-winning home run in the Red Sox/Yankees game (see good day #4)
2) Rich Harden, who suffered control issues in his first start as a Texas Ranger; he didn't get hit hard, but walked 5 batters, including 2 with the bases loaded to surrender cheap runs, being pulled from the game in less than 4 innings.
3) Jose Valverde, who made a bad start to his life as the new Detroit Tigers closer. He entered the game in the 11th inning with a 2-1 lead... 3 batters later, 2 runs had scored without him rcording an out and Kansas City had notched their first win of the season 3-2.
4) Stupid rules being stupid. Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco was penalised during his teams 7-6 win over the Mets for breaching a new rule regarding when pitchers can and cannot touch their mouth while on the mound. "You can touch, but you gotta wipe" explained crew chief Wally Bell helpfully afterwards, making me wonder if Wally is his real name or the reporter was just being descriptive.

Thursday's games already underway!

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bad day for the mets again..:(

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I miss fantasy baseball. I had all sorts of fun playing that back in the day...

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at least two wins in a row now
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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/21/sport ... ref=sports

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we were the hottest team in baseball for a week or so, and then started losing again :(

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so the thread had ended with still some hope for the mets, but ofcourse it went horribly wrong and now looking for a new gm..
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/05/sport ... ref=sports

but lets celebrate 55 years of the glory days of NY baseball, it's 55 years agot he Brooklyn dodgers won their only title (before getting moved to la, grr)
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/05/sport ... ref=sports

minnesota for the world series?

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As it's Bobby Cox's last season, I'd love the Braves to win the World Series, but I can't really see it happening.

Looking at who's in the play-offs, I'd like it to be anyone but the Twins, really.

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I enjoy watching baseball if it's being shown on a TV in a bar (there's one in Oxford that occasionally shows MLB), and sometimes read articles online about how the various teams are doing. I don't have a favourite team just yet, mind. Probably a toss-up between the Red Sox, the Atlanta Braves, and the Milwaukee Brewers at the moment, but the final decision will probably be made based on what game I eventually go and see (I've toured Fenway, but really want to go a game some day).

Does anyone know of a decent idiot's guide to understanding baseball commentary and debate? I can follow the gist of it when I watch it as it's basically rounders in pyjamas, but then the reports go into statistics and tactics and I suddenly feel very out of my depth.


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Does anyone know of a decent idiot's guide to understanding baseball commentary and debate? I can follow the gist of it when I watch it as it's basically rounders in pyjamas, but then the reports go into statistics and tactics and I suddenly feel very out of my depth.


Baseball stats effectively changed the game since some guy who I can't recall, looked at it from a different perspective. There's probably a really good beginner's guide, but, basically, RBI ain't all that.

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Kern wrote:
I enjoy watching baseball if it's being shown on a TV in a bar (there's one in Oxford that occasionally shows MLB), and sometimes read articles online about how the various teams are doing. I don't have a favourite team just yet, mind. Probably a toss-up between the Red Sox, the Atlanta Braves, and the Milwaukee Brewers at the moment, but the final decision will probably be made based on what game I eventually go and see (I've toured Fenway, but really want to go a game some day).

Does anyone know of a decent idiot's guide to understanding baseball commentary and debate? I can follow the gist of it when I watch it as it's basically rounders in pyjamas, but then the reports go into statistics and tactics and I suddenly feel very out of my depth.

Hi!

You need to read Zack Hample's 'Watching Baseball Smarter', and then after that 'Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game' by Michael Lewis. Both available on Kindle if that's your sort of thing.

Don't pick the Red Sox is my advice. They are almost as hated as the Yankees. :)

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Does anyone know of a decent idiot's guide to understanding baseball commentary and debate? I can follow the gist of it when I watch it as it's basically rounders in pyjamas, but then the reports go into statistics and tactics and I suddenly feel very out of my depth.


Baseball stats effectively changed the game since some guy who I can't recall, looked at it from a different perspective. There's probably a really good beginner's guide, but, basically, RBI ain't all that.

Billy Beane, and that's what the book 'Moneyball' is all about. :)

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Kern wrote:
Does anyone know of a decent idiot's guide to understanding baseball commentary and debate? I can follow the gist of it when I watch it as it's basically rounders in pyjamas, but then the reports go into statistics and tactics and I suddenly feel very out of my depth.


Baseball stats effectively changed the game since some guy who I can't recall, looked at it from a different perspective. There's probably a really good beginner's guide, but, basically, RBI ain't all that.

Billy Beane, and that's what the book 'Moneyball' is all about. :)


That's the man. Have you read "why England lose"? I think you'd like that. About to order thsoe two, unless waterstones have them in Oxford.

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You need to read Zack Hample's 'Watching Baseball Smarter', and then after that 'Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game' by Michael Lewis. Both available on Kindle if that's your sort of thing.


Thanks, will add them to my wish list. :)


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I was reliably informed by an American friend that the last two words of the US national anthem are 'play ball'.


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Kern wrote:
I enjoy watching baseball if it's being shown on a TV in a bar (there's one in Oxford that occasionally shows MLB), and sometimes read articles online about how the various teams are doing. I don't have a favourite team just yet, mind. Probably a toss-up between the Red Sox, the Atlanta Braves, and the Milwaukee Brewers at the moment, but the final decision will probably be made based on what game I eventually go and see (I've toured Fenway, but really want to go a game some day).

Does anyone know of a decent idiot's guide to understanding baseball commentary and debate? I can follow the gist of it when I watch it as it's basically rounders in pyjamas, but then the reports go into statistics and tactics and I suddenly feel very out of my depth.

Hi!

You need to read Zack Hample's 'Watching Baseball Smarter', and then after that 'Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game' by Michael Lewis. Both available on Kindle if that's your sort of thing.



Ordered, thanks.

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That's the man. Have you read "why England lose"? I think you'd like that. About to order thsoe two, unless waterstones have them in Oxford.



both brilliant books.. simon kuper (who grew up in leiden), made a special dutch version of the latter book (why expensive strikers don't score)..

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I enjoy watching baseball if it's being shown on a TV in a bar (there's one in Oxford that occasionally shows MLB), and sometimes read articles online about how the various teams are doing. I don't have a favourite team just yet, mind. Probably a toss-up between the Red Sox, the Atlanta Braves, and the Milwaukee Brewers at the moment, but the final decision will probably be made based on what game I eventually go and see (I've toured Fenway, but really want to go a game some day).

Does anyone know of a decent idiot's guide to understanding baseball commentary and debate? I can follow the gist of it when I watch it as it's basically rounders in pyjamas, but then the reports go into statistics and tactics and I suddenly feel very out of my depth.

Hi!

You need to read Zack Hample's 'Watching Baseball Smarter', and then after that 'Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game' by Michael Lewis. Both available on Kindle if that's your sort of thing.



Ordered, thanks.


And they have been despatched.

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Hurrah! Let me know how you get on.

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Reminds me , i have got tickets for Yankees vs Oakland next month! i'm really, really looking forward to it.


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