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Which game to win?

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Miss baseball is tired, Allergies have me a little sick but mostly I am tired because I have been staying up way past my bedtime to watch some baseball. I watched the Royals and the Tigers go at it till wee hours of Monday morning, and when 5am hit to start getting the kids ready for school well lets just say that hurt. Enough about me. Last night as I watched the Red Sox beat the A’s and it got me thinking Which game is more important to win?

Last night the Royals lost to the Texas Rangers, (Go Rangers!) and while the Rangers are making a much needed comeback I am sorry the Royals were exhausted from the long game the night before. I knew the Royals were going to lose the game but the Tiger game was more important. Why? Well real baseball people know why, but Miss Baseball always wants to bring everyone into the fold. Lets talk about standings.

Major League Baseball has 30 teams and they are divided into two leagues the American League and the National League.  Each of those leagues are divided up into divisions. Here is a pretty picture to help you out.

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/standings/

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Standing are important because if you are in the first on the standings you go to the playoffs. To answer the original question which game to win. You always will pick the team in your division.  While no on likes losing it was more important for the Royals to beat the Tigers because they are in the same division. This means they would be one whole game down in the standings and because they are on top and the Tigers are number two then the Tigers would lead the division. The Rangers are not in the same division so they would only lose .5 of a game, which is why on the chart you see the .5.

So a little sample math,( now I should put that if no other teams were playing because all the other teams  playing do change standings)

The Royals play three games with the Tigers and the Rangers

The Royals have a great series and win

They would stay at  first and the tigers would be 4 GB

Tigers:  GB:1+3 losses = GB: 4

If they did the same for the Rangers they would only add 1.5

.5+.5+.5=1.5

If you are going to go all out do it for someone in your division.

 

 

 

 

 

Lost in Metrics

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Its  Monday and I wanted to start my learning of Sabermetrics. Its a lot of information. Enough to make someone go ACKKK!!!!. But I press on. I have my Baseball Prospectus 2014, there is a forward from Gabe Kapler. (I am on his site, you are going to hear his name a lot)

To quote Kap

“In 2007, just before I embarked on a season as minor league manager in the Red Sox system, Boston General Manager Ben Cheringotn gave me a study on the sacrifice bunt and how it was being misused in the major-league level. I laid down 20 sacrifice bunts in my playing career , my consistent employment as a player I would have been very easy for me to discard Cherington’s information, That would have been ego-driven approach based on the rigid belief that because I played the game at a high level , I had little left to learn.

Many players have chosen that route. Executives in the game (like Cheringotn) have moved from old-school statistics to newer metrics when it comes to player analysis yet most players themselves have not . But that stance would have left me stagnant while more open-minded individuals continued their growth. We shouldn’t want to be left behind and I’m driven not to be In my quest I am led by the ingenuity and substance of publications like the one you hold”

Well you are not holding it I am. I could read Kap all day long. He’s right its time to really look at metrics. I look at this from a fan perspectives we have to understand what management is doing.  This is not going to be an easy subject to learn but its necessary.

Now its time to read, I went to  http://sabr.org/sabermetrics

there I am reading about the basics of metrics, from the site:

First, let’s go over some basics:

  • What is sabermetrics? As originally defined by Bill James in 1980, sabermetrics is “the search for objective knowledge about baseball”. James coined the phrase in part to honor the Society for American Baseball Research. 
  • Who invented sabermetrics? Statistical analysis has been around as long as baseball has been played competitively. Long before Moneyball became a worldwide phenomenon in the 21st century and before Bill James’ baseball writings gained mainstream popularity in the 1980s, Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver was using index cards to fine-tune his platooning system and pitching changes with the Baltimore Orioles in the 1960s, while Branch Rickey hired statistician Allan Roth in the 1940s to evaluate player performance with the Brooklyn Dodgers. A generation before that, Baseball Magazine editor F.C. Lane was creating new statistical methods to measure offensive production, culminating in his classic book of essays, Batting. In the mid-19th century, Henry Chadwick is credited with developing the box score and his tabulation of hits, home runs and total bases led to the formulation of metrics such as batting average and slugging percentage.
  • SABR or sabermetrics? With more than 6,000 members around the world, SABR is a membership organization comprised of passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans with a variety of interests — one of them being statistical analysis. SABR members Bill James, Pete Palmer and Dick Cramer co-founded SABR’s Statistical Analysis Committee in 1974 and helped popularize the study of sabermetrics. The phrase “sabermetrics” itself is in the public domain and is generally used to describe any mathematical or statistical study of baseball.

Sabermetric researchers often use statistical analysis to question traditional measures of baseball evaluation such as batting average and pitcher wins. Early on, James’ theories were largely mocked (or ignored) by the baseball establishment, but as Joe Posnanski wrote in “The Ballad of Bill James”, over time his work started to be recognized. Time Magazine once named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. The Boston Red Sox hired him in 2003 and subsequently won two World Series. James is still asking relevant questions today at billjamesonline.com, and so are legions of his disciples such as Rob Neyer, baseball editor at FoxSports.com; Birnbaum; and all the great writers at Baseball Analysts, Baseball Prospectus, Beyond the Box Score, FanGraphs, The Hardball Times and other sites.

Want a primer on sabermetrics? Check out the FanGraphs Library for down-to-earth explanations of advanced metrics such as wOBA (weighted on-base average), FIP (fielding-independent pitching) and WAR (wins above replacement), written by Steve Slowinski. SABR members can also read cutting-edge articles on statistical analysis in every issue of the Baseball Research Journal, such as “The Many Flavors of DIPS: A History and Overview”, by Dan Basco and Michael Davies. We’ve got a full list of resources on our Related Links page at the end of this section.

Be sure to check out the annual SABR Analytics Conference, where we bring together the top minds of the baseball analytic community under one roof to discuss, debate and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball.

We also have a lot more online tools available for SABR members on our Research Resources page, including Matt Dennewitz’s Saber Archive, an online repository of sabermetric articles.

Whether you’re just starting out or you’d like a refresher course, whether you’re a numbers wizard or you consider yourself math-phobic, we hope you’ll find Phil Birnbaum’s Guide to Sabermetric Research informative and interesting.

Well I have got some reading to do. #StrongMind

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Fun Fact Friday: Miss Baseball’s All Star Ballot

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Well, Its time to Vote for the All Star Game, I am very happy its all online now. This site: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2015/ballot.jsp

is very user friendly and easy. Here are my choices what are yours?

YOUR AMERICAN LEAGUE SELECTIONS

  • Hosmer, E
  • Pedroia, D
  • Andrus, E
  • Donaldson, J
  • Perez, S
  • Ortiz, D
  • Bautista, J
  • Cain, L
  • Jones, A

YOUR NATIONAL LEAGUE SELECTIONS

  • Gonzalez, A
  • Panik, J
  • Tulowitzki, T
  • Bryant, K
  • Posey, B
  • Aoki, N
  • Crawford, C
  • Cuddyer, M

 

DH in the NL: Pitchers are still going to get hurt.

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Let’s start off hoping Adam Wainwright has a full and speedy recovery. That being said, Rob Neyer discusses an argument about whether Wainwright should have been running the bases and whether pitchers should bat. A call for the DH in the NL.

I am a AL loving kind of girl but we have talked about my love for traditional baseball.

 

 

I love the NL and its time honored history of no DH. Now Wainwright has been hurt by running the bases and Max Scherzer has been hurt by batting. Scherzer is even being quoted that people don’t want to see the pitchers hit.

https://twitter.com/BBTN/status/592754453926797314

Well sorry Max but this fan loves watching the pitchers hit! I love to see the unexpected and while most of the time the pitcher is an easy out there are some surprises. Having the pitchers hit creates a  different game.  You take that away and you take away some of the game. There other thing to realize, is the AL is the only place pitchers don’t hit. Little league and college ball all have their pitchers hitting.  In the minors the NL clubs the pitchers hit. This from milb.com:

Q. Do pitchers hit in the Minor Leagues?

A. Pitchers only bat at the Double-A and Triple-A levels. Here are the rules for the individual leagues at those levels:

International: Pitchers only hit when both clubs are NL affiliates
Pacific Coast: Pitchers only hit when both clubs are NL affiliates and both clubs agree to have their pitchers hit
Eastern: Pitchers only hit when both clubs are NL affiliates
Southern: Pitchers only hit when both clubs are NL affiliates
Texas: Pitchers only hit when both clubs are NL affiliates

its a long standing tradition. Yes, Wainwright got hurt but he got hurt running something he could have done fielding his position. The AL has plenty of hurt pitchers and batting had nothing to do with it. I personally think there is a pitcher epidemic going on. It just seems that a lot of good pitchers are getting very injured. If the hope that the DH will preserve pitching its an argument that has been discredited in the AL.

 

Kap Lifestyle Family

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I have some exciting news. Miss baseball is now apart of the Kap Lifestyle family. I am very excited for this opportunity. Life has a funny way of how it turns. One day you are cheering at a game for a baseball player. Years later that same baseball player provides a different kind of inspiration. Gabe Kapler and his Kap Lifestyle blog inspired this blog and i am so glad he did. I couldn’t image my life without it. Writing about baseball has become such a passion for me. I can’t wait to see what happens next. Thanks Kap!

TBT Ranger Stuff!

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So as you may know, I am a avid follower of Kap Lifestyle Gabe Kapler’s blog about health and fitness. In a resent post, he discussed the benefits of getting rid of clutter. Check it out here:http://kaplifestyle.com/2015/03/organization-and-clutter

well I decided to clean out all my clutter which was surprisingly easy and mostly paper. I dug around my closet and found this box, and it was full of my baseball stuff. It was like a time capsule of all the baseball stuff I had collected. Thanks Gabe Kapler, if I hadn’t uncluttered I would have never found all these wonderful things.

The items include. a signed banner, a program from a regular game in 2001 and a program from the 1999 division series. and the 2001 year book. a signed Kapler baseball, (its faded its 13 yrs old) dirt from the warning track from The Ballpark in Arlington. a team photo of the 1992 Rangers. We are going to go over all this stuff later but today here are some pictures from  the 2001 yearbook

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What a wonderful discovery to find another signed item of Frank Catalanotto. I didn’t remember either my signed Kapler ball, I don’t know if it can been seen on film but its there just really faded and even though it wasn’t exposed to light it still fades away. so tip use a Sharpie. Today was like finding money, it was wonderful to remember when I got the book and when I saw these guys play ball.

Garrett Richards is my hero

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What Miss Baseball?!? He’s an Angel, and you are a Ranger fan. I am a Ranger fan, and the MLB package won’t let me watch Ranger games live, so while I wait for the game to be over, I watch other teams, Baseball is a wonderful game, no matter who is playing. I saw Garrett’s injury last season live, This post kept me up last night. You see, Miss Baseball tore up her knee, too, in very much the same fashion as Garrett, I could describe to you everything I went through, but it’s too hard to think about even 13 years later. I will say this: If you can walk, don’t take it for granted because learning how to walk again was the hardest thing. Garrett just touched my heart. I wrote him a fan letter and told him I was thinking about him. And then I started following him on Twitter, and he has a wonderful upbeat and positive attitude, and I knew he was going to make it. Then I saw this,Tweet:

it’s going good bro. Malone and steady. I’ll be ready. How you doing?

This got me all sorts of happy because there is a point in your recovery when you know you are going to get back. I am so excited for Garrett. There was an article from the L.A. Times saying Garrett was back on track after the injury to his patellar tendon .My injury was not as bad as Garrett’s but I defy the odds as well. I was supposed to be on crutches for six months, I was off of them in six weeks, And in eight weeks, I was working in promotions for the Texas Rangers, (Would you like a bobble head? Only one please. No! You can’t take them all. AHHHHHH! Don’t knock me over!) He looks like he is, too. Never discount the human spirit and drive. It can do anything. Garrett, I am so glad you are coming back. I hope you have a great season and beat every team, other than the Rangers. What?!? I am still a die-hard Ranger fan.

If you would like to read more about Garrett’s comeback Check out this article. http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-angels-garrett-richards-20141103-story.html

You are too young to be a manager.

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Raul Ibanez is currently up for the manager’s job for the Tampa Bay Rays. He’s 42 and played last season for the Kansas City Royals. Now, my title might have grabbed you. I am not saying the skill sets are not there because a manager is young. If fact, some young blood may help a club. But the reality for me is, I am not old enough to have seen guys who play ball become managers. I am floored at the signing of Paul Molitor. I remember when he played. I remember the big hitting streak in 1987. Now he’s going to lead the Twins, and I feel old. Brad Ausmus, Robin Ventura (every Texas Rangers fan knows Robin Ventura; seriously dude, why did you charge the mound on Nolan?) Joe Girardi … The list goes on. I AM NOT THAT OLD! I am a little surprised at the fact that a player who recently stopped playing would jump right in the manager chair. I would think of a break and some time to recoup after a long career before jumping into another one. I hope Ibanez gets the position. Now, where is my cane that I can swing at the TV and say, “I remember when he played.”

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Jayson Nix is a free agent, and I know where he is going.

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Here he is loving the game.

Miss Baseball was sad to learn that Jayson Nix has left the Kansas City Royals for free agency. I will be honest. He’s my favorite player. You don’t always get to choose who you cheer for; sometimes they just stay in your heart. I met Jayson ten years ago when he was in AA ball, He was a Tulsa Driller, and I was a San Antonio Missions fan. I think the fans that night thought I lost my damn mind when I just started cheering for Jayson but no other Driller. I would cheer for the Missions, but when Jayson came up to bat, I would go well a little batty. Why did I cheer for him? Well, I’ve told you I am a die-hard Rangers fan, and his brother is Laynce Nix, at the time a Ranger. So I went to support Jayson because of Laynce but what happened next, well, it would change this fan forever. After the game, I went to go get Jayson’s autograph, I went up to him.

I call out, “Hey Jayson.”

He looks right at me and with almost a stern face says, “Were you the one cheering for me?”

Now I am at this point very used to being in a Major League ballpark, but I had only been in San Antonio in the minor league park for about a year. So as funny as this sounds, I was three rows from home plate, and it never occurred to me that Jayson could actually hear me. I have to admit, I was suddenly scared that he was going to think I was some crazy person.

I sheepishly admit “Yes.”

A big smile comes across his face. He looks at a teammate and says, “Hey, it’s my fan!”

We have a little chat about nothing important, just that I was there to cheer him because his brother was a Ranger. He thanks me for coming out and signs my program, which I still have. And then it happened. You have to be a fan to understand. Something happens, either a play or an interaction. Something makes you become a fan. I took one look at those blue eyes, and I was done. I was his fan. Laynce has left not only the Rangers but baseball, and here I am still cheering for Jayson.

I nearly died when I saw him in the World Series, I so thought he was going to get a ring. I cried for two days when the Royals lost. Now he’s gone, and I had hoped he would stay at Kansas City. But they were going to put him in the minors, and I know he is better than that. Then I started thinking, where is he going? Where has he been? Well, before Kansas City, he was a Pirate. The manager there was the same person who brought Jayson up to the majors. He bounced around between Tampa and Philly, but before that, he was a Yankee. (I will never cheer for the team but I will always cheer for him. That’s baseball love right there.) Joe Girardi had been very supportive of Jayson during his time at the Yankees. Jayson was released by the Yankees after recovering from injuries, but now he is healthy and ready to play ball. Miss Baseball, how can you think that he is going to be a Yankee? Well, the evil empire has a key position that Jayson can play: third base. According to the Bleacher Report, (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2276261-weary-yankees-appear-ready-to-give-alex-rodriguez-a-most-unwelcome-return) Brian Cashman is looking for a third baseman. So you heard it here first. Jayson Nix is going to be a Yankee. If I am wrong, I will buy a Yankee hat and take a picture of me wearing it. We shall wait and see. In the meantime, Go Jayson!