Monday, October 29, 2012

Astros New Logo Leaked

Behold the new logo of the Houston Astros for the 2013 season, their first in the American League. This logo was leaked accidentally over the weekend, as it wasn't supposed to be unveiled until this Friday (November 2nd). Oops.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

With 80's Relics Gone, 90's Vets All That Remains

Sadly the era of Major League Baseball from the 1980's officially dies in 2012 with the final seasons of Jaime Moyer and Omaz Vizquel.  Those two artifacts had been hanging on since 1986 and 1989 respectively.  However, their days in the summer sun has come and gone and the veterans from the 1990's are now the decade we hold onto.

The following is a list of "active" players.  Some of them are holding on by the threads of their jersey, and others could possibly retire.  A few are still going strong, but that is a small group.  Go ahead, lay you eyes on the players who debuted in the 90's.

*Listed by season and team in which they debuted.

1991:
Jim Thome/CLE

1992:
Miguel Batista/PIT

1993:
Darren Oliver/TEX

1994:
Alex Rodriguez/SEA

1995:
Jason Giambi/OAK
Jason Isringhausen/NYM
LaTroy Hawkins/MIN
Andy Pettitte/NYY
Derek Jeter/NYY
Mariano River/NYY

1996:
Migue Cairo/TOR
Scott Rolen/PHI
Jamey Wright/COL
Bobby Abreu/HOU
Livan Hernandez/FLA
Raul Ibanez/SEA
Andruw Jones/ATL

1997:
David Ortiz/MIN
Paul Konerko/LAD
Todd Helton/COL
Torii Hunter/MIN
Derek Lowe/SEA
Mark Kotsay/FLA
Kevin Millwood/ATL
Chris Carpenter/TOR

1998:
AJ Pierzynski/MIN
Bruce Chen/ATL
Aramis Ramirez/PIT
Carl Pavano/MON
Eric Chavez/OAK
Roy Halladay/TOR
Placido Polanco/STL
Carlso Beltran/KCR
Ryan Dempster/FLA
Andrian Beltre/LAD
Mark DeRosa/ATL

1999:
John McDonald/CLE
Tim Hudson/OAK
Chad Durbin/KCR
Vicente Padilla/ARI
Alfonso Soriano/NYY
Ramon Hernandez/OAK
Adam Kennedy/STL
Carlos Lee/CWS
Freddy Garcia/SEA
AJ Burnett/FLA
Rod Barajas/ARI
Guillermo Mota/MON
Lance Berkman/HOU
Kyle Farnsworth/CHC
Jose Molina/CHC
Joe Nathan/SFG
Randy Wolf/PHI
JC Romero/MIN

Monday, October 15, 2012

Steady Stats- Robinson Cano

Consistency is an attribute in baseball that teams' love from their players.  Robinson Cano has been a pillar of steady stats over the last 4 seasons.  He has at least 159 games, scored 103 runs, 188 hits, 41 doubles, 25 homeruns, and hit .302 since 2009.  That's impressive. 

Games Played:
2009 - 161
2010 - 160
2011 - 159
2012 - 161

Runs Scored:
2009 - 103
2010 - 103
2011 - 104
2012 - 105

Hits:
2009 - 204
2010 - 200
2011 - 188
2012 - 196

Doubles:
2009 - 48
2010 - 41
2011 - 46
2012 - 48

Homeruns:
2009 - 25
2010 - 29
2011 - 28
2012 - 33

Batting Average:
2009 - .320
2010 - .319
2011 - .302
2012 - .313

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Statistical Consistency- Shelley Duncan

Shelley Duncan just elected for free agency and any team that signs him can count on 11 homeruns and 29 runs scored.  Bank on it.

Odd?

Not when he has scored 29 runs and clubbed 11 homeruns in each of the last 3 seasons (all with the Cleveland Indians).

Those numbers are perfect replicas, but Duncan does have more consistency statistically as well, just not as exact.

Shelley Duncan's Last 3 Seasons:
#-# = span, (#) = range
Games: 76-85 (9)
At Bats: 223-232 (10)
Hits: 47-58 (11)
RBI: 31-47 (16)
Walks: 19-28 (9)
Doubles: 10-17 (7)
Stolen Bases: 0-1 (1)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Legend of Fernando Rodney

2012 will certainly be a year to remember for Fernando Rodney. He was left out in the cold of winter during last offseason, but luckily for both him and the Tampa Bay Rays, they reached out for his services (a 1 year contract for $1.75M and an option for 2013 at $2.5M). Going into the season, he was looked at as nothing more than a veteran presence in their bullpen. After an injury to incumbent closer Kyle Farnsworth, manager Joe Maddon was forced to employ someone else in the 9th inning. That honor was bestowed upon Fernando Rodney and the rest is history.


Fernando Rodney just finished one of the best seasons by a relief pitcher in the history of the game.  His ERA was so minuscule that you might need an electron microscope to see it.  He rarely allowed runners to reach base, and when they did, they were stranded.

The Stats:
ERA - 0.60
WHIP - 0.78
G - 76
IP - 74.2
K - 72
SV - 48

He only allowed 5 earned runs during the entire season.  Many starting pitchers allow that in one outing.  Rodney was named to his first All-Star team and will likely garner some Cy Young votes.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

2012 MLB All-Rookie Team

The 2012 MLB season was a tremendous one for rookies.  Many tough decisions had to be made in regards to constructing a 25-man roster.  There were also a handful of rookies that missed the minimum plate apparence or innings pitched requirement that had fantastic rookie years (ex- Matt Harvey and AJ Griffin).

(200 Plate Appearance Minimum)
*AVG/OPS
Catcher:
Wilin Rosario/COL - .270/.843, 67 R, 19 DBL, 28 HR, 71 RBI, 4 SB.
Yasmani Grandal/SDP - .297/.863, 28 R, 7 DBL 8 HR, 36 RBI.

First Base:
Anthony Rizzo/CHC - .285/.805, 44 R, 15 DBL, 15 HR, 48 RBI, 3 SB.

Second Base:
DJ LeMahieu/COL - .297/.742, 26 R, 12 DBL, 4 TRPL, 2 HR, 22 RBI.

Third Base:
Todd Frazier/CIN - .273/.829, 55 R, 26 DBL, 6 TRPL, 19 HR, 67 RBI, 3 SB.

ShortStop:
Zach Cozart/CIN - .246/.687, 72 R, 33 DBL, 4 TRPL, 15 HR, 35 RBI, 4 SB.

Outfield:
Mike Trout/LAA - .326/.963, 129 R, 27 DBL, 8 TRPL, 30 HR, 83 RBI, 49 SB.
Yoenis Cespedes/OAK - .292/.861, 70 R, 25 DBL, 5 TRPL, 23 HR, 82 RBI, 16 SB.
Bryce Harper/WSH - .270/.817, 98 R, 26 DBL, 9 TRPL, 22 HR, 59 RBI, 18 SB.
Norichika Aoki/MIL - .288/.787, 81 R, 37 DBL, 4 TRPL, 10 HR, 50 RBI, 30 SB.

Utility:
Matt Carpenter/STL - .294/.828, 44 R, 22 DBL, 5 TRPL, 6 HR, 46 RBI.
Donovan Solano/FLA - .295/.717, 29 R, 11 DBL, 3 TRPL, 2 HR, 28 RBI, 7 SB.
Will Middlebrooks/BOS - .288/.835, 34 R, 14 DBL, 15 HR, 54 RBI, 4 SB.

Lineup:
1) Mike Trout/CF
2) Norichika Aoki/DH
3) Yoenis Cepedes/LF
4) Wilin Rosario/C
5)Todd Frazier/3B
6) Bryce Harper/RF
7) Anthony Rizzo/1B
8) DJ LeMahieu/2B
9) Zach Cozart/SS

*ERA/WHIP
Rotation:
(100 IP Minimum)
Wade Miley/ARI - 194.2 IP, 16-11, 144 K, 3.33/1.18.
Jarrod Parker/OAK - 181.1 IP, 13-8, 140 K, 3.47/1.26.
Yu Darvish/TEX - 191.1 IP, 16-9, 221 K, 3.90/1.28.
Miguel Gonzalez/BAL - 105.2 IP, 9-4, 77 K, 3.25/1.21.
Lucas Harrell/HOU - 193.2 IP, 11-11, 140 K, 3.76/136.

Bullpen:
(40 IP Minimum)
Junichi Tazawa/BOS - 44 IP, 1-1, 45 K, 1 SV, 5 HLD, 1.43/0.95.
Ryan Cook/OAK - 73.1 IP, 6-2, 80 K, 14 SV, 21 HLD, 2.09/0.94.
Kelvin Herrera/KCR - 84.1 IP, 4-3, 77 K, 3 SV, 19 HLD, 2.35/1.19.
Nate Jones/CHW - 71.2 IP, 8-0, 65 K, 7 HLD, 2.39/1.38.
David Phelps/NYY - 99.2 IP, 4-4, 96 K, 2 HLD, 3.34/1.19.
Jarrd Hughes/PIT - 75.2 IP, 2-2, 50 K, 2 SV, 12 HLD, 2.85/1.15.
Robbie Ross/TEX - 65 IP, 6-0, 47 K, 9 HLD, 2.22/1.22.

Honorable Mentions:
Jordan Pacheco/COL, Josh Rutledge/COL, Stephen Lombardozzi/WSH,  Martin Maldonado/MIL, Yonder Alonso/SDP, Hector Sanchez/SFG, Quitin Berry/DET, Jesus Montero/SEA, Kirk Nieuwenhuis/NYM, Chris Carter/OAK, Mike Baxter/NYM, Elian Herrera/LAD, Manny Machado/BAL, Josh Donaldson/OAK, Jordany Valdespin/NYM, Hisashi Iwakuma/SEA, Joe Kelly/STL, Mike Fiers/MIL, Scott Diamond/MIN, Travis Blackley/OAK, Jose Quintana/CHW, Tommy Millone/OAK, Wei-Yin Chen/BAL, Matt Moore/TBR, George Kontos/SFG, Jim Miller/OAK, Hector Santiago/CHW, Cody Eppley/NYY, Steve Delebar/SEA/TOR, Dale Thayer/SDP, Lucas Luetge/SEA, Brad Brach/SDP, Duane Below/DET, Sean Doolittle/OAK.