Major League Baseball

This week’s Ask Rotoman

Chuck James and other young pitchers, on being a powa-hatah, second half recommendations among those who wrecked the first half, and chatter about Gary Matthews and the Tampa Bay bullpen.

A funny bit of business

MLB – Cleveland Indians/Seattle Mariners Box Score Saturday May 6, 2006 – Yahoo! Sports

Seattle manager Mike Hargrove was tossed from this game in the third inning, and one of his coaches got tossed in the seventh, both for arguing balls and strikes. The odd thing is that Seattle starter Joel Pineiro struck out six and walked none in the game. Could the arguing have made a difference? (And I know that coach Mike Goss was chucked because the home plate ump appealed to the third base coach on righty Richie Sexson’s checked swing, rather than the traditional first base ump, but maybe by that point the ump was rattled.)

rec.sport.baseball FAQ – Rules

rec.sport.baseball FAQ – Rules

Want to know what makes an error and error? An RBI an RBI? This plainly written FAQ covers an odd couple-handfuls of questions directly and clearly. Well worth a look-see for a rules refresher.

Mendoza Baseball

Mendoza Baseball

A friend tells me that this is a fantastic fantasy format. As best I can tell it’s a GM game. You try to get the best results using the fewest resources. But there is no salary cap (there is a luxury tax, however). Results are computed in team wins and losses based on the Expected Runs (Xr) formula for hitters, derived from 14 measures. The site is very handsome and the basic ideas of the game are sound. My only concern is that the scoring system will make the game play too flat, but if it achieves 50 percent of it’s apparent potential it should be an excellent experience.

Optional Reading

Texas Rangers : News : Texas Rangers News

Jamey Newberg writes a handy summary about player options and roster decisions, what is usually a pretty dull topic. Whether a player has options or not (RA Dickey has pitched in the minors each of the last 10 seaons, but has used just one option) is a major determinant of whether he makes the big league team, so this isn’t trifling stuff.

Major League Baseball : Ask Rotoman

The Latest Column

It’s out, and features talk about starting a keeper league, choosing between Jeff Mathis and Ryan Doumit, and defense: does it matter? As well as a little chatter.