Podcast #9: best defensive outfielders

The first baseball (ninth overall) of what will hopefully be many podcasts focuses the best defensive outfielders in the past 25-30 years. With Ronald Acuna labeled as a five tool player, we will continue talking about other five tool players and the best of each tool at each position.

The best I have seen include Ichiro, Torii Hunter, and Junior.

Supplementary:

 

Outfield gold glovers

A compilation of great outfield throws

Beltran game winner

Rowand broken nose

What we missed:

Steady Adam (non Pacman) Jones for Baltimore has been a reliable center fielder for a long time now. Nick Markakis solid along the same lines.

Though his peak wasn’t long, Vernon Wells was the best in center at one point.

I didn’t forget Jose Canseco

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.

Source: Miller: Halladay an example for a generation of pitchers

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.

Why do all of Dusty Baker’s Octobers have scary endings?

The veteran skipper has led four different teams to the postseason, but something big goes wrong each time, and the 2017 Nationals could be next.

Source: Why do all of Dusty Baker’s Octobers have scary endings?

This is curious, but part of it is luck. There is enough data to indicate more than that though. It’s worth a read just to realize how many of these playoff games Baker has managed.

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

Source: Regular season’s wild end

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.

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

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?

Carlos Baerga to throw out first pitch of game 2, not Rick Vaughn.

I understand that the Cleveland Indians might want someone else to throw out the first pitch at a World Series game than Charlie Sheen as Wild Thing, but the choice is ridiculous for Game 2. (Lofton a solid choice in game 1. )

Carlos Baerga?!?!?!?!?!?! Are they trying to thank him for getting traded to the Mets where they then received Jeff Kent who they turned into Matt Williams, and Jose Vizcaino? For not having paid him a huge contract so he’d be someone else’s problem?
Are you kidding me? Maybe LeBron James, Jim Brown, or even Art Modell would be a better choice.
Now I guess they are daring the Cubs to have Henry Rowengartner go first, so that then if it goes 7, the Indians could do this to amp the crowd.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL34mQTB5kI … imagine how insane the crowd would be if he came out of the bullpen like this in that outfit and threw the first pitch!
And it might not be the same as old Municipal Stadium with 81,000 screaming wahoos, but the crowd would have to be going bonkers.

Rough weekends … first world problems … sports – 10/1-10/2

This weekend was another dud for superfan Mr. Dirty Jersey. Rather than force him to answer more questions I simply named a team and he answered with his thought on this week compared to last.

Penn sprint football – Sure no one is over 172 pounds, but this team actually looks like they know what the hell is going on out there. Biggest game of the season this week though against perennial powerhouse Navy. ARROW: Trending even.

Penn football – After their own bought of incompetence they took it out on surprising and fellow 2015 co-champ Dartmouth for their first win of 2016. ARROW: Trending up.

Rutgers football – Odd how a 58-0 loss is less painful than 14-7 the week before. This team is a mess, with Michigan next. All around F on the individual report cards. On the plus side Stanford got wrecked by UW worse than the Knights. ARROW: Trending down.

Stanford football – Would have thought they could have put up a better fight against the division rival Huskies than Rutgers!!!!!! ARROW: Trending down.

Mets baseball – Did enough to secure home wild card game at home. It’s an exciting do or die for only their second back to back playoff appearances in franchise history. ARROW: Trending even.

Giants baseball – Swept a series v LA, including Kershaw to secure spot in wild card game. This looks like an even year so if they can get past the Mets in a toss up with one of the greatest Oct pitchers on the hill – Madbum, they are a dark horse. ARROW: Trending up.

A’s baseball – Not sure if anyone in Bay Area noticed them finish their season. This team is better than they showed in 2016. ARROW: Trending up.

Jets football – This was a pathetic showing on both sides of the ball. They were destroyed by KC a week ago who was destroyed by Pitt this week. And now the Jets have Pittsburgh. It’s not looking good based on the mathematical transitive property. ARROW: Trending down.

49ers football – This was disappointing, especially after I delivered the initial 14-0 score to the staff of the Burger Meister to which they picked up the pace and attitude with the customers. ARROW: Trending down.

Raiders football – This team looks good. A one point win is still a win, especially against a previously undefeated squad. In the NFL any time you win, coaching staff gets an A. It was enjoyable to share the sealing moments with long-suffering Raider Nation. ARROW: Trending up.

Heck, preseason hoops starts this week, too! It’s one of the best times of the year because even if one of your teams sucks, you can move on to the next, just hopefully not too soon for the Mets.

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.