Miller: Halladay an example for a generation of pitchers

Roy Halladay brought himself back from one of the worst seasons on the mound by making himself a possibility model other pitchers have emulated ever since.

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It’s incredible how young pitchers simply did not develop at all really in the 90s, except for Roy Halladay (with minor consideration to CC). This article makes a ton of great points.

Regular season’s wild end

MLB.com showcases the sequence of events from the last regular-season day of 2011, including the incredible Wild Card finishes

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The video clip may require you to scroll down a bit, but I still vividly remember catching the end of this wild day. My team was out, and the two local teams were done after the Giants disappointed, the A’s a year away.

But the amazing Rays comeback, watched that with a Yankee fan. The Red Sox blowing it, watched next to the Red Sox bar, the Red Jack Saloon. Craziness, that’s what makes baseball great.

Franchise moves: eight fateful team relocations (and two clubs that moved twice)

Baseball was remarkably stable for half a century. Then came a mass shakeup of markets, which included two teams escaping from New York. A look at the eight that fled.

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The Raiders are headed to Las Vegas. The Warriors are headed across the bay. The A’s are heading to Howard Terminal or Laney College.

For Oakland it is a time of change, but this is not fully unprecedented. What have we learned from some of these moves of the past, especially in baseball?

Jays walk off division rival O’s in wild card game

Buck Showalter has been an integral part of building or rebuilding 4 franchises in the last 22 years and is well respected around the league. Ubaldo Jimenez has a career record of now 1 game over .500. He has been a serviceable pitcher for his career.

However in a deadlocked do or die AL wild card game, Buck decided to go with Ubaldo in the bottom of the 11th rather than Zach Britton who had arguably the greatest season by any PITCHER (starting or relief) of all-time. This move follows conventional baseball logic to save your closer for a save chance on the road. It did not follow conventional do or die game baseball logic which says to pitch your best pitchers as much as long as you can to avoid elimination.

Conventional logic lost out as Edwin Encarnacion hit a 3 run bomb to send the Jays to Texas for the divisional round. The O’s fan frustration meter jumped up a few notches.

Good luck to the Jays who hope to repeat last year’s division series win over the Rangers.

The dead ball era, all over again?

An interesting article talking about the historical trend of run scoring.
But as the chart shows, I’m not so sure we should be that concerned about the recent downwards trend. Historically, we haven’t really seen the game take long slow declines into very low levels of offense; instead, we’ve seen the bottom drop out all at once, with corrections coming not long after. The game is cyclical, and doesn’t always require human intervention to find an equilibrium. – Steve