Comments on: Baseball Digest, January 1985 (or, pitchers who won 20 games while playing for more than 1 team) http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10824 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: FALCOR http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10824/comment-page-1#comment-108690 Thu, 28 Apr 2011 15:42:06 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10824#comment-108690 There is one thing that really pisses me off about this site: having to click WASHINGTON every time I want to see the Expos stuff...

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By: FALCOR http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10824/comment-page-1#comment-108688 Thu, 28 Apr 2011 15:39:41 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10824#comment-108688 @ 15, Guess who was the GM that made de Colon trade ?

M. Minaya (and people wonder how the Mets can be this bad).

As a Expo fan, it was just a STUPID move made by a show off of a man....

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By: Whiz http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10824/comment-page-1#comment-108120 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 15:43:48 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10824#comment-108120 @4, I think you missed a couple in 1884:

1884 - Al Atkinson PHA-AA (11), CPI-UA (6), BLU-UA (3) The only one with three teams!
1884 - Hugh Daily CPI-UA (27), WHS-UA (1)

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By: Larry R. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10824/comment-page-1#comment-108042 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 13:27:07 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10824#comment-108042 @11,22

A lefty catcher would need to take an extra step to throw out a basestealer at third. Kinda like a lefty SS or 2Bman pivoting on a DP. There's no fluidity and it would be kind of awkward.

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By: Fred http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10824/comment-page-1#comment-108037 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 13:16:31 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10824#comment-108037 Ok just saw the new blog and tried it again this time I got the result, Maybe I wasn't holding my mouth right last time 😛

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By: Fred http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10824/comment-page-1#comment-108036 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 13:01:32 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10824#comment-108036 Just a follow up on Mattingly, I checked play index to see if it would tell me he played there or in fact if any left handed thrower played 3rd, or 2nd at any time. I ask for 1 plate appearance because he had at least one in each game at third though he had none at second in 83. PI came up empty even when I narrowed it to one season and two teams. Time to twist the relationship fields index and make them link up again 🙂

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By: Fred http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10824/comment-page-1#comment-108031 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 12:46:01 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10824#comment-108031 Mattingly did indeed play 3rd in 86, in 3 different games; 4 innings (5-9) against Seattle on August 29, the first 5 innings of game one of the August 30th double header with the M's and the whole game the next day. Altogether 18 innings, 13 chances, 2 double plays, 1 error in the first inning on the 30th. He also played 2nd base for 1 out in the 9th inning of a game against KC on the 24th of July 83.
Billie Martin was nothing if not innovative. I wonder what went through Mattingly's mind when Billie said "Hey Don, move over and play second."

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By: Dan http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10824/comment-page-1#comment-107992 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 06:05:36 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10824#comment-107992 "Has any lefthander gotten significant time at 3rd since?" Yes, Don Mattingly played 3rd base for the Yankees in 1986. I vaguely recall him doing this during NBC's Game of the Week, but I could be wrong about that. Not sure if this is the most recent instance of a lefty playing third.

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By: Tom http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10824/comment-page-1#comment-107986 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 04:05:27 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10824#comment-107986 @11
The bias against left-handed catchers exists because most hitters are right handed and thus more likely to hinder a left-handed throwing catcher's ability to throw out a baserunner attempting to steal. I think this could come into play if the runner is stealing third moreso than second.

I've read somewhere that major league level baseball minds disagree about whether or not this is actually a factor... but that there are no left-handed catchers anyway because they are weeded out at an earlier stage in their careers due to this bias.

I believe I read about this in Baseball Digest years ago.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10824/comment-page-1#comment-107920 Sun, 24 Apr 2011 21:04:27 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10824#comment-107920 @20, Neil L. -- You're probably right that the extra playoff berths discourage early-season trades. So, too, does the lateness of the trade deadline, which in 1985 was moved back from June 15 to July 31.

On the other hand, the greater number of playoff berths cuts both ways; teams that feel they're in the hunt have a greater incentive to try to acquire players to put them over the top. Plus, at all times, impending free agency provides a potent motivation for such deals. So it's not unheard of for a team, even one within reach of a playoff berth, to deal present assets for prospects before the season's midpoint.

In 1997, the White Sox were just 3 games back in the division when they made a deadline deal, sending SP Wilson Alvarez and closer Roberto Hernandez (both on the brink of free agency), along with superannuated swingman Danny Darwin, to the Giants in exchange for a package of young players including RPs Keith Foulke and Bobby Howry, SS Mike Caruso and others.

Bartolo Colon was traded in late June of 2002, with a year and a half left on his contract, as the Indians were below .500 and coming to grips with the end of their 7-year run of success. That trade netted a huge pot of young talent, including Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore and Brandon Phillips, which helped the Indians get back into contention within a couple of years.

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