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More steps in the right direction. Now, drafting better and more often for 3 years will be huge.
4 days, 22 hours ago on Brendan Shanahan’s Media Address
@Xxxxxnew Still, Phil can still get off the ice on line changes like it matters and, when he loses the puck, try and get it back. He's a good player but can't play a core role, put him on a team where others do all the work and he'll be fine. Otherwise his on-ice work is Ilya Kovalchuk-lite, and that's stats, not wins coming down the pipe. Not sure where Phil stands now.
5 days, 21 hours ago on Bob McKenzie: Mike Futa could be a perfect fit for Leafs GM
We don't know why Spott got canned, could have been that he wasn't working out as an NHL guy, wanted out, or didn't have anywhere to go with a new Coach/GM coming in. Just caught in the explosion with no obvious landing place. The new GM will be key, he'll get to pick his coach and so on. And hopefully the new team will know which players have skill/fire/IQ and which don't, and know enough to keep or get rid of the right guys. They (Dubas, Hunter, Shanahan) have had a full year of watching these players, in the dressing room, at practice, training, and should know clearly by now who isn't a player you can expect to win with and who is. If they don't, or just look at number crunching, then on to the next rebuild in 10 years.
5 days, 22 hours ago on Leafs fire Director of Pro Scouting Steve Kasper and Director of Player Development Jimmy Hughes; Director of Amateur Scouting Dave Morrison expected to stay on
Can't find evidence that they've gotten rid of 18 out of 22 scouts. They have 22 pro/amateur scouts on staff, so if 18 are gone, that's important. We know of 4 who were fired, that leaves 14 left, then.
6 days, 5 hours ago on Leafs fire Director of Pro Scouting Steve Kasper and Director of Player Development Jimmy Hughes; Director of Amateur Scouting Dave Morrison expected to stay on
Will the scouting department, Morrison most notably, but others, get the axe too?
6 days, 5 hours ago on Leafs fire Dave Nonis, Peter Horachek, Steve Spott, Chris Dennis, Rick St. Croix
Expos. One of the greatest hitters ever, and a great fielder since before his knees went. Amazing what he did after the knee surgeries happened. Top 5 hitter of his era and top 10 all time.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://hallofverygood.com/2015-articles/vladimir-guerrero-asks-twitter-followers-for-help.html
PLus, all defensive stats are either based on the "eye test" (or what normal people call watching the games, actually watching not reading about them from someone else's perspective) or they're gleaned from someone's subjective opinion. Hence fangraphs pointless stats. Good that I read many, many statisticians reflect on how terrible and 100% useless any defensive stat is. Not taking into account range, position adjustment, actual impact, lighting, pitcher skill and which arm he uses, other players on the field and their tendencies/abilities. No other sport is so arbitrary in evaluating defence. Except maybe golf.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://firebrandal.com/
Defensive stats are terrible. Anybody who watches knows that. Vlad was a gazelle in Montreal and that cannon of an arm was top 10, not wild. I've seen games where Andruw Jones drops an easy pop-up, no excuse, batter goes to second, no error, then a RF later bobbles a ball, runner stays on first, error called. Idiotic. Was Jeter a minus defender pretty much every year? No, not according to fangraphs, yet he was a mediocre defender at his best. So yes, Vlad is much better than fangraphs has a clue about, and Jeter/Jones were worse. Eye test, silly way to argue against actually watching what goes on the field and not relying on paper.
Bad comparison. I'm guessing the writer is either thinking of Vladdy at 40, or never saw Vlad play before 2008.
Too many great relievers, and I don't mean closers, get zero respect. Like kickers in he NFL, they are so important and can be awesome for years but when they're done, sabermetric folks and Hall people treat them like garbage. Woody Fryman, Darren Oliver types, guys who went out, mowed 'em down, and that was that. Long relievers, short, but not closers, guys who picked up the starters and were great. Mike Adams, Hoffman, lots of guys spent a lot of time in long and mid relief and were awesome, yet nobody gives them HoF respect.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-richards-resumes-running-explaining-percival-hall-fame-vote.html
We know he used steroids, he was caught years ago. No reason to say he never used drugs now.
8 months ago on David Ortiz's alleged steroid use is unfortunately now a talking point
Oh, yes, Trout should change to 20 so 27 can be honoured. Expos have his number up now, but no team to make it official.
8 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/monkeying-aroung-with-the-dog-days-of-summer.html
Good topic. I don't see how Pujols or Hamilton can be dropped from 3/4 but I think Hamilton can be useful other places. Maybe try Freese at #4 the rest of the way? How about Iannetta, Hamilton, Trout, Freeze, Kendrick, Pujols, and who's left?
I don't see how using analytics can help a player. If a guy is throwing too many balls outside, not enough curveballs, too many change ups you work with that. If a guy is swining too much you tell him to let outside pitches go early in the count, or inside, relearn workable tendencies. Why cheese off players telling ten analytics when you can talk curveballs early in the count and swinging rules?
Arantxa won fair and square. Odd that Serena complains so much. Why such disrespect for her opponents when they win??
8 months, 3 weeks ago on tennis.com - Serena: I should have won 1998 French Open
Why aren't countries going after FIFA in the courts? Sooner or later someone has to take them down and destroy them.
10 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
Blatter is like most people in his position, bait of a bigot, and listens to one thing, and one thing only: money. Qatar is a disaster already, so many people killed, so much disgusting stuff, yet he sees $ signs only. He's a terrible human being.
@Cloud09 @Double Down I don't disagree but that ship sailed, though it is still in sight of land.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs Assistant Coach Candidates: Craig Ramsay, Perry Pearn, Rick Tocchet
@TheCanucksnaphook @Xxxxxnew You want Gomez??
I'd hire only two assistants. One for D help, one special teams. Both experienced in Junior and NHL. Not sure I'd hire any of the guys mentioned are what the Leafs need. That D guy who coached the Baby Leafs a few years ago would be a good hire.
I watched it unfold at home in Canada. Seeing those poor people crushed up against the hooligan fences, the police panicking and letting them in then lying about it, the players completely mystified. It was and is terrible. You don't need to be a soccer (football) fan, like LIverpool or Notts Forest, it was horrible.
12 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/30-for-30-soccer-stories-review-hillsborough.html
A lot of people are whining the Aguirre thinks he's better than "a Hall of Famer." Yes, he's better than Ralph Sampson. And yes, he was better than Dantley. Dantley was a good mid-range player but Aguirre was good from the blocks out to the three point line and could pass, run the floor. With Dantley teams were restricted in offensive sets and systems, but Aguirre was good in all situations. As the NBA in 1980 moved from offensive sets to the modern motion offence Dantley became a role player. Good stats, sure, he was good at what he was good at but Aguirre was good at more.
Remember when Dallas made the trade? Imagine Blackman, Harper et al, so happy to be rid of Aguirre, thinking he was holding them back. Then Dantley arrives, they play with him, and soon realize their sets are stilted. "Gee, I'd pass the ball inside to Mark and he'd score or kick it back out. Adrian won't post up. I'd swing it to Mark outside, he'd shoot or find the open man. Adrian doesn't go outside to we can't run those options. We get the ball to Mark on the wing and he shoots, he drives, or kicks it to the open man. Adrian gets it, massages the ball to rub the pebble off, then 10 seconds later shoots, or maybe drives, or maybe gets bored and passes it out with 2 seconds left on the shot clock. We go out on the break, Mark could lead, attack the basket. Adrian, well, he sort of does the same thing every time."
Wonder how they felt sitting in 4th in the West with Aguirre, Tarpley out of action for quite a while, then getting Dantley and falling to 9th? Next year Dantley gets hurt, they squeak into 8th, and don't make the playoffs for years.
Detroit, on the other hand, sat 6 games behind Cleveland, was 0-13 against Boston, Chicago, and Cleveland, was on an 8-6 tear, and scoring 96 points a game. Get Aguirre, go win over 40 games and lose only 6, fly into the playoffs with gusto and win in a slam dunk. Eventually make Aguirre a 6th man next year, rinse and repeat. Notice how Detroit dropped 20 games in the standings after Aguirre left? Dallas noticed what happened when they lost Aguirre, too.
Aguirre was a truly great College player and same in Dallas, and took a lesser role to win in Detroit. Dantley refused to pass, didn't want to run the break, wanted things done his way. Who was better? No duh, Aguirre.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/30-for-30-review-bad-boys.html
The parts with Mark Aguirre were great. Man, what a player. Without him, Detroit was just tough team. The needed his versatility, ability to run, and passing that so far exceeded Dantley's. No wonder they took off after the trade, they could run an open offence and put Aguirre in the blocks or out on the wing or out at 3 point land and he was, as Larry Bird said, "always a threat, the only guy we had to double team."
In 2003 the Expos were in the playoff race comfortably but weren't allowed to field a full team like 29 other MLB teams were. Think that had anything to do with them missing the playoffs? I do.
What you forgot: Was he a memorable player, a player who fans loved, teammates loved, who made plays that made the opposition stand up and cheer, time and again? Yes, of course, obviously, all the time.
Hall of Fame? A slam dunk, all considered, but this is baseball and Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell aren't in (though Bagwell is less of a slam dunk than Vlad because Vlad made so, so many great throws, catches, and hits). He should get in by 2020 at the latest but bigotry may play a role. Yet he's the kind of player you want in the Hall, fantastic player, exciting for years and years, and a good person.
1 year, 6 months ago on The Hall of Fame case of Vladimir Guerrero
Vlad on the Washington ring thing? Considering they don't have any Expo retired numbers (10, 8, 30) on the walls I don't see why. MLB folded the Expos and game a new franchise to Washington. Vlad was an Expo, not a Washington. THough he played well as a visitor, quite well.
1 year, 7 months ago on I want Vladimir Guerrero to be a member of the Nationals’ Ring of Honor
Sweden - Borje Salming; US - Kessel it seems; Russia, hmmm, who really qualifies, Borshevski? Kulemin? Kaberle is my given, I don't know enough Finns or Slovaks. Canadian - Keon over Sittler.
1 year, 8 months ago on <!--:en-->Best All Time Maple Leafs – By Nationality<!--:-->
@Alec Brownscombe @Double Down Why not call a time out then? I would have.
1 year, 9 months ago on An Interview with Greg Cronin
I like that Cronin didn't give bullet answers. Corsi is a useless stat, unlike puck possession, shooting %, save %, stats that actually relate to how you're playing the game. BUt people sometimes can't see the trees for the forest. I teach math, by the way.
Out possessed, outshot (and as most sites show they gave up an ton of quality shots), and had a hard time maintaining possession in the O zone.
I wonder to the day why the caching staff sat on their heels as the game slipped away. This interview makes it obvious, the coaches were overconfident and thought the game was over.
I guess most GM's know a strong power hitting 1B is important and easy to find, and defence at 1B not so hard, so you spend on hitting (Prince Fielder, basic example). At 3B you want solid D and power but don't want to sacrifice D for power, really, and few men play great 3B D and hit with power. Supply/demand says 3B should make big bucks (Beltre) if they can hit/field, but 3B who can hit/field to a top level are rare. Thus you have more guarantees with a 1B. Trumbo may succeed at 3B but you're right, it's cheaper to put him there. Trout and Trumbo need to play their best positions for the Angels to make the most of them, but with Pujols can they?
2 years, 9 months ago on Could moving Trumbo to third base save the Angels money? | June
The HR contest is really batting practice, or close to it. For the fans.
2 years, 9 months ago on Derby Day with Mark Trumbo | June
@SorianoJoe Can't say I disagree. Not sure why teams haven't picked up Vlad, after all a lost game or two can cost a team the playoffs, and in the AL this year it's a bit wide open.
2 years, 10 months ago on Rumors: Vladimir Guerrero not close to signing
A DH/LF who can hit for average and some power. That's Vlad, still. Will Cleveland dump Damon, or Detroit, or someone else in the next month?
I figure in the next two weeks they mat decide to sign Guerrero. Hard to know what they'll do. But a platoon with Guerrero, who has shown he can play LF still, a bit, may work out. Who knows what the future holds anyway?
2 years, 10 months ago on A Poor Man's Casper Wells?
I'd sign Guerrero to platoon, he seems a very good fit for one year; a guy who's faced pennant pressure for about a decade. Cleveland could use him too, I suppose.
2 years, 10 months ago on "So Much Going On Right Now" For Tigers
The Pirates? I doubt it. But I'm sure we'll know soon.
2 years, 10 months ago on Fire Up the Vlad Guerrero to Pittsburgh Pirates Rumors
This just in: who is Mike Milner? If Guerrero asked for his release it most likely would be to join another team. But real reporters just tweeted that Guerrero ain't retiring. Great triple last night, what a drive!
2 years, 10 months ago on Toronto Blue Jays Rumors: Has Vladimir Guerrero Given Up?
Too bad they didn't sign Vlad, but such is life. Long season, and healthy teams tend to win more than unhealthy, regardless of talent.
2 years, 10 months ago on Who Should DH While Travis Hafner is Out?
I hope Guerrero has an excellent season, no idea what to expect but given how much how wants to succeed and help is a .315 BA and 15 HR too much to ask? Good luck to the man!
2 years, 10 months ago on Red Sox & Blue Jays Series Q&A With Jays Journal
From last year it was Markakis and Jones who gave the most kudos to Guerrero, so no surprise to see both doing as well if not better this year. All Jones has to do to keep staying this way is to keep doing what he's done the last 2 years.
2 years, 10 months ago on The Baltimore Orioles Plan To Give Adam Jones A Money Bath
It would be good to see Vlad the Cannon play some OF again, but if DH it is, fine. I'm not surprised at his success so far in being ready, he's not one to act entitled.
2 years, 10 months ago on Vladimir Guerrero Nearing Minor League Rehab Stint
Not that bizarre, he's already playing some OF in spring training and other teams may want him now that the Jays have spent the money getting him ready.
2 years, 11 months ago on Vladimir Guerrero Reports to Toronto Blue Jays Minor-League Complex
Oh, and expectations? I expect him to play, and if he gets in 90+ games I expect 100+ hits, 10 HR's, and his team to gain at least 5 wins.
Well, people had said that Vladimir was in great shape before he reported, that turned out to be validated. They said he was working out to play OF, not DH, that was true. Last year Guerrero said he wanted to make adjustments and do better this year, well the Dunedin people say he's certainly taken steps that way too. Thing is, if he is ready to go, and the Jays don't want him, other teams will jump at the chance to get him, like Detroit and maybe more, especially if he can play OF. So maybe a win-win for the Jays, either get a solid to better player, or trade bait for the near future. Unless they screw up somehow, which is always possible, or he gets hurt.
I find it funny how people keep saying what Vladimir can't do based on one game in 2010 or how he was treated in Baltimore. Great to always use limited facts to back up a statement, not the present. To say he can't succeed somehow is like saying Pujols, Bautista, Lind, and so many more failures this year are all mirages, they are doing fantastic we just can't see it.
2 years, 11 months ago on Vladimir Guerrero Signs with Toronto Blue Jays
Good player, if he is in better shape than when he was an Oriole then playing the field is very possible. Will be great to see him again in the Bigs.
2 years, 11 months ago on Vladimir Guerrero Signs With The Blue Jays
@ChrisHannum Contact hitters with power like Guerrero are very rare indeed. It may be hard to platoon Boesch but it needs to be done. Some guys simply need that, to hit in certain situations only. He may need to.
2 years, 11 months ago on Brennan Boesch and the O-Swing% Difference
I doubt they'd go after Vlad, but since all reports say he can still play a solid D in a platoon situation, who knows for sure?
2 years, 11 months ago on Nationals Rumors: Twins Denard Span on Washington's Radar
I'm not so sure one can simply base how good a hitting coach is on how he hit when he played. How many hitting coaches has Mark Reynolds had, or Jai Miller, and neither can make contact anywhere close to 50% of swings. I don't know of any hitting coach who, wherever and whenever, could get guys to hit no matter what. It's not like pitching coaches, hitting is so personal, physically and mentally. No hitting coach I recall was in demand every year, pitching coaches sure. In the end, 90% of a hitter's success is his own fault.
2 years, 11 months ago on An unbiased look at Mickey Hatcher | May
I do need to learn to type, my gosh. The way I see it, Arizona will sign him to help the team, or not. If they sign him, they will either be very happy for the new success or think they have trade bait to an AL team come July/August. If they don't, no foul. As for him, this gets his name out there in a positive light; several teams lack offence, and with how mixed up so many teams are even more clubs realize this year they have a big opportunity to make the playoffs (old and soft NYY, Boston falling over themselves, Philly can't hit, Detroit lots of holes...). Act fast and smart and Guerrero could easily be the guy to get them to the postseason. Some GM's are under pressure to win, others are under pressure to not lose. Oddly, looks like a very interesting year.
2 years, 11 months ago on Vladimir Guerrero Rumors: Diamondbacks Unsure About Vlad
No news on what might happen yet, that usually means a team is in talks. Few do their negotiations through the media, but many do their dismissals and such that way.
2 years, 11 months ago on Vladimir Guerrero Rumors: Vlad "Looked Good" During Diamondbacks Workout