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January 5, 2013

You may have noticed that this particular baseball blog is somewhat different than the rest. Sure, I like to look at numbers sometimes and will occasionally get lost in baseball-reference or fangraphs when there is a particular matter I’m curious about. But my stock and trade is generally silliness. That doesn’t stop me from thinking of things I would write about if I had serious blogger skills.  So, if you are a real writer here are some topics you could pick up.

  1. Exactly how good was Prince Fielder’s 2012 season?  To me, he got lost (if you can lose a 2?? lbs man) among the stories about  Miggy’s Triple Crown, Justin’s Cy Young chase, and Quintin’s charm.
  2. What can we expect from Prince in 2013? Is there actually an adjustment period when switching leagues? Might Prince hit even better?
  3. How about GIFs of every 2012 Prince Fielder slide ranked by awesomeness?
  4. A comparison of what Victor Martinez might bring to the 5 spot versus what Delmon brought.
  5. A breakdown of the remaining free agent options who might fit to platoon with Dirks.
  6. Has Joaquin Benoit lived up to his contract?  There was much consternation about a 3 year deal for him. Did it work? Is it too early to tell?
  7. Why doesn’t Austin Jackson dive? Is it smart to never dive for a ball?  How often do outfielders who dive make the play? When they miss it, what does it cost the team on average? What is the risk/reward matrix for diving for a ball in certain base/out situations?
  8. How the heck do they decide who goes where for the Winter Caravans? Which caravan  has historically been the best based on aggregate WAR?
  9. Is Comerica Park actually so large that it is “unfair” as Mr. Lynn Henning claims? Would it be to our advantage or disadvantage to move the fences in given our roster? Is there anything to prevent a MLB team from tailoring their fences to their team on a year to year basis?
  10. How good or bad was Gene Lamont as a 3rd base coach? Is there any way to evaluate 3rd base coaches empirically? Could you find the greatest 3rd base coach of all time? Worst?

I’ll expect all these articles written up in the next few days.  Thanks.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. David Tokarz permalink
    January 6, 2013 2:10 am

    Let me see if I can do this.

    1) Prince Fielder’s wOBA was .398 (sixth in MLB) and 153 in wRC+ (sixth in MLB). So pretty f*cking good.
    2) I’m not sure if there’s an adjustment period, but Fielder seems to hit for a bit more power in odd numbered years. Given his evolution into a complete hitter this year (Fangraphs had a good piece on this earlier this year) it’s possible he’s even better next year, which would put him at MVP levels.
    3) Not my bag, dude.
    4) Delmon Young career numbers: .279/315/.434, .321 wOBA. Victor Martinez career numbers: .303/.369/.457, .360 wOBA. Even if V-Mart puts up his worst career season, he’s going to be about 2 wins better. And that’s worst case. It’s likely 4 wins better if he does what he did in 2011.
    5) They all suck.Juan Rivera (OPS of .814 against LHP) and Scott Hariston (OPS of .829 against LHP) are our best bets. My money’s on Rivera,
    6) This one might take a bit more time and might be worth a longer piece (remind me on MLK weekend and I might actually do it). Short version: he produced about $6m of value every year except last, and makes about that But if his HR rate stays ridiculous like last year, it’ll be a bust. About even money.
    7) He just doesn’t- probably has never felt the need to because of his amazing range. Still an incredible CF- in my mind he’s the best defensive CF in baseball and one of the best overall CF in baseball.
    8) Marketing. Those bastards.
    9) It actually isn’t large and unfair. Baseball Reference has it ranked as a 104 (for 2012), which means it’s a slight hitters park. The park suppresses homers, but allows a ton of doubles and triples. And we could move the fences around to adjust for the team (I think Pittsburgh was really famous for doing that before).
    10) The best third base coach would be a sign that says RUN.

    There you go. You lazy bastard.

    • January 7, 2013 9:21 am

      Oh, so we’re name calling now, eh Tokarz? This might not end well for you.

      • David Tokarz permalink
        January 7, 2013 2:49 pm


      • January 9, 2013 9:14 am

        Oh. Oh yeah. 😀

  2. January 6, 2013 7:48 am

    In the time it took you to write this, Jason Beck considered, reconsidered, evaluated, reevaluated, calculated, composed and summarily dismissed each and every one of your points. In his sleep.

  3. January 6, 2013 7:56 am

    David Tokarz, that was awesome! Have you ever considered writing about this baseball stuff more often? Because I think you’d be pretty good at it… cough cough what?

    • David Tokarz permalink
      January 6, 2013 2:16 pm

      If I wasn’t writing about, you know, academic-y stuff, maybe.

  4. January 7, 2013 10:25 am

    Great ideas, especially re: Prince Fielder. Numbers 4 and 5 have been covered by Motor City Bengals this offseason.

    Victor Martinez:

    Available Righty OF:

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