Predicting Tommy John Injuries

In Major League Baseball, News And Rumors, Other Topics by dmick89

Bradley Woodrum and others on MLB Trade Rumors have spent hundreds of hours working on a way to predict Tommy John injuries. The Cubs risk factors are pretty good to look at for the most part.  Risk+: This is merely a representation of how far above average or below average the player’s risk is. Here, 0% indicates a league-average risk; 100% …

Starlin Castro’s Trade Value

In Commentary And Analysis, News And Rumors, Other Topics by dmick89

The Cubs have three middle infielders for two positions. Addison Russell is planted at shortstop so that leaves Starlin Castro and Javier Baez for 2nd base. There are other possible scenarios. Baez or Castro could move to centerfield if the Cubs don’t re-sign Dexter Fowler or add another CF via free agency or trade. Neither have played there, but there’s …

The New Obstructed View (and a word on ads)

In Other Topics, Site, status by myles

As you can certainly tell, OV has gone through some extensive changes. While the partnership with Bloguin alleviated much of the work for us (and when I say "us", I mean dmick89. He is the one that does nearly everything behind the scenes, and OV simply wouldn't exist without his leadership), it introduced other problems. Chief among them were the …

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame vs. MLB Hall of Fame

In Commentary And Analysis, Other Topics by dmick89

This will be short because I'm mostly interested in your thoughts. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame does not keep drug users out of the Hall. It doesn't really care one way or the other. Drug use and music have gone together for longer than than I've been alive (39 years today). The best bands have been ones that …

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The Babe Ruth Lineal Champion

In Other Topics by myles

I was bored today, so I invented something: the Lineal Championship. It's easy; take a player that led his team in WAR for any year, and follow that player every year until he DOESN'T lead the team in WAR anymore (a caveat: only positional players. You could do something similar for pitchers, or include them in your calculations, but I …

Relegation in Baseball

In Other Topics by myles

If we're talking about ways to shake up baseball, I've got a pretty off-the-wall idea. It's adding relegation (or tiered leagues) to baseball. Here's one way it could work.  Take the 15 teams in each league and put them in one mega-division. Then, organize them by record and make 3 new 5-team leagues.  From 2011 records: Philadelphia 102-60 Milwaukee 96-66 …

The Cubs' 40 Man Roster

In Other Topics by myles

This is the Cubs’ 40-man roster. Links to individual player posts (when available) are included. The Cubs’ Player Page is used if I don’t have a Better Know a Cub post up yet. Last Updated: December 16, 2012 Pitchers # Pitchers B/T Ht Wt DOB Scott Baker R-R 6’4″ 215 Sep 19, 1981 28 Michael Bowden R-R 6’3″ 215 Sep …