By Ron Yurko This past week, Fangraphs writer Jeff Sullivan polled the readers of Fangraphs to assess their opinions of pitching coaches around the league. Ray Searage, the Pittsburgh Pirates pitching coach, came out on top with the highest rating followed by Don Cooper of the Chicago White Sox. Searage took
By Maksim Horowitz Two-sport athletes are exceedingly rare in professional sports. In today’s world of specialization, it is plausible to think we may never see one again. That is why we can look back and appreciate the entertainers who were there for us to watch year round. In this article, I compare
By Byung Joon Yoon This time, I will write about Kwanghyun-Kim, who was negotiating a contract with San Diego Padres after being posted for 2 million dollars. Now, while his contract negotiation failed, let’s have a brief look at what may have come about if he had played in the MLB.
By Byung Joon Yoon Last time, we checked defensive projections and part of offensive projections of Jung-ho, namely, predicting how he will do if he were to move to Japan. Now, as second part of offensive projection, I will draw data from performance change in players who moved from Japan to US,
By: Steven Silverman After having the good fortune to attend Josh Beckett’s no-hitter against the Phillies on May 25, 2014, I started doing some reading about no-hitters out of curiosity. Eventually, I came across this article by Bill James on the likelihood of pitchers throwing a no-hitter. The natural extension was
By: Steven Silverman No player in recent history has lived up to such high expectations at the start of his career as Mike Trout. Yasiel Puig made a grand entrance, certainly, but he came from relative obscurity. Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper each had their share of troubles in recent years—injury
By Matthew Greenberg On the surface, it looks like a horrible contract: Four years, $52 Million for a 30-year-old outfielder who hit .273 last year with eight home runs, 52 RBI’s and 24 stolen bases on a team with more outfielders than they know what to do with. Based on those
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/pitching-by-the-numbers--projecting-masahiro-tanaka-005604855.html By: Matthew Greenberg A recent article by Michael Salfino of Yahoo! Sports attempts to project how Masahiro Tanaka’s first season in the major leagues will go. To do so, Salfino draws on history, assessing how past Japanese pitchers coming over to the United States have done in their first season in