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Person A: It’s 5:30 PM anywhere in North America, and the caller on the sports talk radio station has an opinion: the front office of his favorite team is a collection of imbeciles. They’re idiots. The players they acquired are useless. The talent they let go is irreplaceable. Morons. Every single one of them.

Why? No reason is given. It’s sports talk radio, and there isn’t time for reasoning and analysis. It’s about sound bytes, and the most recent caller provided a nice little blue collar rant with which the rest of the commuters listening will identify and enjoy.

Person B: A couple hours later, an unappreciated underachiever gets home from his unchallenging office job. Within minutes of arriving at the house, the transaction tracker on a mobile sports app gets checked, a website is visited, players are compared and the exact same conclusion is had: the general manager is an idiot who has made a series of terrible mistakes with his roster construction.

Why? Well, it’s plain to see with a statistical breakdown and a cost/benefit comparison that accounts for a declining skill set based on the history of similar players and current projections.

Who is the bigger idiot: Person A or Person B?

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MLB: ALCS-Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers

The Tigers scored seven runs last night so any and all concerns over their offense are officially waylaid, right? Right. Thanks for reading, enjoy the game!

If only it were that simple. Wednesday night, Jim Leyland pushes the right buttons, shuffling his batting order to great effect. A skeptic might point to the Red Sox defensive gaffs as a major offensive catalyst for Detroit’s output on this night.

An even more skeptical mind might credit Red Sox manager John Farrell with the Tigers offensive resurgence, citing Farrell’s decision to hand the ball to Jake Peavy in Game Four of the ACLS. Peavy was very much not good in this start, struggling to throw anything in the strike zone, going as far as walking the slumping eighth place hitter Austin Jackson on four pitches with the bases loaded. Only one out of every three Peavy pitches ended up in the strike zone, yet he still managed to give up seven runs on five hits and three walks.

The Tigers banged out nine total hits and drew five walks, though Prince Fielder failed to contribute to either ledger. Fielder has three hits this series and only one extra base hit this postseason. Rather than a brief statistical blip, this is part and parcel for a down year for the suddenly power-strapped slugger.

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Last night, the Seattle Mariners gagged away a five-run ninth inning lead. The Mariners built that lead on the strength of a Henry Blanco grand slam. It was the well-travelled catcher’s second grand slam of the season, as he hit one in his first game with Seattle after the Blue Jays cut him loose in June.

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“I just don’t know how to slide. I’m trying to get there. I just want to be safe. So, however I can get there, I just try to get it done.”  - Prince Fielder

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New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

Some wise old lawyer once said “tough cases make bad law” and they were right. As I understand it, the clearer the better when trying to establish new precedents and regulations. Baseball statistics on the internet are not law. The do change the way we talk about and think about the game of baseball.

The “we” in this case is fans, media, commenters, everyone. The proliferation of advanced statistics is nearly complete. It is not a matter of whether or not stats are “here to stay” in the greater sports conversation, it is the rate at which they adopted by the majority.

No matter how often we reference WAR or wOBA or whatever else, they are not yet consumed by the majority of sports fans. For this, we can point to any number of reasons. The most significant of which might simply be apathy. The “average fan” just doesn’t care to concern themselves with measures more complicated than those they learned by osmosis as a youth.

There remains a significant portion of the sporting population who does care about stats but remains reluctant to pick up the WAR mantle. They will come in time but, for now, remain skeptical.

You know this person – they condemn WAR as a “junk stat” and gleefully profess their own mathematical emancipation before worrying about the ERA of their favorite team’s fourth starter.

WAR is for them and it will find them, in time. But bringing more folks under the “advanced stats umbrella” requires throwing it widely and not full of holes.

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We lead this instalment with an image of Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro and Fernando Abad colliding in what is probably just the third most defining play of the Astros’ season.

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This is full-sized man Mike Moustakas running full speed into Prince Fielder who…barely moves. Well, that isn’t entirely accurate. Prince eventually falls down, after Moustakas sort of grabs Fielder around the waist in a “half-assed rugby tackle, performed half-heartedly because he doesn’t really want to play rugby but his Scottish grandfather guilted me into it as only an old Scottish man can” sort of way.

Remember: Mike Moustakas’ official nickname is “Moose” and he ran FULL SPEED into Prince Fielder and he fell down!

Which is to say…Prince is huge and rugby is a cruel, barbaric enterprise which I enjoy immensely.