Friday, April 25, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
As Dave Cameron at Fangraphs wrote, Nate is not the first foiled by the new rule intended to improve the judgment mechanics on double play attempts. He certainly will not be the last, nor will the Nats be the team most grotesquely screwed over by the rule change. Watching the McLouth play a half dozen times, it is understandable how MLB could feel the transfer rule applies fairly to both infield and outfield scenarios. However, let me repaint the picture:
Braves have runners on first and second with one out when Andrelton Simmons hits a loopy fly ball to left. Harper charges and secures the ball in his glove. He takes a step or two towards the infield and sees an opportunity to end the inning. As he begins the motion to transfer the ball to his throwing hands- "OOPS! I dropped it!" Harper quickly regathers and fires a seed into Rendon at third to nail the lead runner. Evan Gattis, struggling from a rough hangover from the evening before, can't figure out why Doug Descenzo is flailing his arms on third base, Rendon flips the ball to second and the rally is wiped out.
The samples collected by Fangraphs show the a slew of the bizarre effects the rule can have, and the umpires are not too keen on change and replay, so we certainly have not seen the end of this.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
So much has changed since I last fired up the blogger machine. Hell, Blogger got bought out by gmail. One thing is for certain, though... I will no longer have the crutch of mocking the tragic failings of a woebegone franchise. Things run like a German train system now. Informed decisions pan out. In order to put together an informative blog worth reading, research will have to be conducted, regular articles written.
Now that the expectations are higher and more local and national coverage is being dedicated to the Nats, it may take a few weeks to find a niche. In the meantime, I'll throw up some general sports stuff to tie in and hone the writing craft.