Submitted by BTGrimes on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 6:00am
Do Spring records matter?
ARIZONA & FLORIDA - The 2013 Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues are in full swing in Arizona and Florida. How predictable are spring won-loss records to regular season records?
Most of the teams that made it to the post-season in 2012 had decent springs a year ago (see below). The ultimate World Series champ San Francisco Giants had the 3rd best record in the Arizona Cactus League. The exceptions were the Rangers, Nationals and Braves, who had decidedly subpar springs.
The team with the best record in the Cactus League in 2012, the Oakland A's, made it to the playoffs. However, the team with the best record in the Grapefruit League, and in fact all of baseball last spring, the Toronto BlueJays, saw no post-season action.
Here are the teams that made the playoffs last year, and how they did in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues:
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Submitted by BTGrimes on Thu, 02/14/2013 - 6:23am
Post-season award predictions
FLORIDA & ARIZONA - As players arrive to their respective spring training camps in Florida and Arizona, the predictions surface. Here's who Bleacher Report predicts will win the major individual awards at end of the coming season:
Bleacher Report 2013 Award Predictions
All predictions are tough, but these especially. Only the most rabid Angels fans ever even heard of Mike Trout at this time last year. Needless to say, none of BR's predictions came out exactly as they predicted.
Bleacher Report 2012 Award Predictions vs Actual winners
Predicted winner..................Actual winner
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Submitted by BTGrimes on Wed, 02/13/2013 - 11:15pm
You hoping Baseball Prospectus is wrong?
FLORIDA & ARIZONA - As spring training 2013 begins so do the prognostications. Baseball Prospetus picks the Yankees, Tigers and Angels to be 2013 American League division winners. Nationals, Reds and Dodgers are favored by BP in the National League. Every other team is hoping BP is wrong.
How accurate was Baseball Prospectus last year? Let's look:
2012 Predicted Division Winners........Actual Division Winners
NL East...........Philadelphia Phillies...............Washington Nationals
A's, Nationals and Giants fans were glad BP was wrong about them in 2012, especially the Giants who went on to win the World Series. As the old saying goes, "That's why they play the game."
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Submitted by BTGrimes on Sat, 01/19/2013 - 9:00am
Politics and baseball
WASHINGTON, D.C., As the nation gets ready to inaugurate President Barack Obama a second time, let's reminisce about politics and baseball.
Many of you know that former Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was a dominant pitcher for most of his 17 years in the majors, mostly for the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies. Finshed his career 224-184 with a 3.27 ERA. He is one of the few to throw no-hitters in both leagues.
Former New York Governor and presidential candidate Mario Cuomo had a promising baseball career cut short by a fastball. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 1951 and assigned to their Brunswick minor league team. Later that first season he was hit in the head by a fastball. It was so serious doctors advised he give up baseball, which he did, and went on to finish law school.
The Chicago Cubs' dominance of baseball attention in the Windy City continues despite the White House being inhabited by a Sox fan. A fan, President Barack Obama, who did not worry about alienating fans of the city's north side team during the 2008 campaign. This is what he told ESPN when asked who he'd root for in a Sox-Cubs World Series, "Oh, that's easy. White Sox. I'm not one of these fair-weather fans. You go to Wrigley Field, you have a beer; beautiful people up there. People aren't watching the game. It's not serious. White Sox, that's baseball. South Side."
Former President George W. Bush was principal owner of the Texas Rangers. His father, former President George H. W. Bush played baseball for Yale.
What other baseball-politics connections can you think of?
Submitted by BTGrimes on Thu, 09/20/2012 - 9:00am
Cal Ripken’s streak ends
Cal Ripken was exceptional and durable, while playing one of the most demanding positions on the field for most of his career. It’s unlikely his streak will ever be broken. The closest any recent player came was Miguel Tajada who played in 1,152 straight games, but that streak ended in June 2007.