New slide rule is not enough

February 26, 2016 // 4 Comments

The NCAA slide rule is very straightforward… “On any force play, the runner must slide on the ground before the base and in a direct line between the two bases.” The rule goes on to define “slide” and “direct [ continue ]

Should the Mets sign Zobrist?

December 7, 2015 // 3 Comments

The Mets are all over Ben Zobrist this offseason, giving him personal tours and offering plenty of sweet cash. Zobrist has been a great, versatile player his whole career, but is Zobrist, who turns 35 in May, really what the Mets want for the next [ continue ]

Factor12 Top50 2015 FINAL

October 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

RANK   PITCHERS AGE IP F12   1 Clayton Kershaw* 27 232.67 35.501 2 Jake Arrieta 29 229.00 34.130 3 Max Scherzer 30 228.67 33.513 4 Zack Greinke 31 222.67 33.142 5 Chris Sale* 26 208.67 32.135 6 Madison Bumgarner* 25 218.33 32.070 7 [ continue ]

If You Want To Respect The Game

October 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

If you want to “respect the game”, Mr. Sam Dyson, don’t start a fight because your feelings were hurt. Sam Dyson: ‘Jose, you gotta calm down.’ Jose: pic.twitter.com/0Z2NjHYRum — Lanny Foster (@LannyForealster) October [ continue ]

Scouting Report: Stephen Strasburg

March 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

The new “Big Train” has a dominating fastball that touches 100 mph. His 4-seamer flies with some run to his arm side, while his 2-seamer adds significant sink. Strasburg commands and controls his curveball very well, allowing him to use [ continue ]

Scouting Report: James Shields

February 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

James Shields is one of the most complete pitchers in the game. He throws his four pitch repertoire with good command and control of each offering. James starts with his 2 and 4-seam fastballs. He works corners well and tries to keep the ball down. [ continue ]

Cuba: being naive

February 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Beyond the cigars and baseball… Cuban spanish is difficult to pick up.  There is plenty of slang, differing pronunciations, and rapid speech patterns.  My spanish skills were beyond rusty when I arrived at Jose Marti Airport, and I was in [ continue ]

Scouting Report: Yulieski Gourriel

February 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Yulieski Gourriel is known as the best active Cuban player yet to play in MLB. The right-handed hitting infielder is a career .330/.412/.570 in 14 seasons in the Cuban National Series. Gourriel has permission from the Cuban government to also play [ continue ]

Scouting Report: Ken Giles

February 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Giles has the stuff to be a relief ace.  The right-hander muscles a 98 mph fastball past most hitters.  Giles’ two-pitch repertoire features a slider that can be unhittable at times.  He remains inconsistent with his control, especially [ continue ]
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