The Greatest Game

Friday, July 16, 2004

all hits = home runs 

According to mlb.com: Well, there you have it. No, I'd like to know the record for most hits where all the hits have been home runs.

And I wonder if the Indians only scored 6 runs, or if some of those home runs were hit with men on base.
# posted by shawn : 7/16/2004 12:47:00 PM -

Thursday, July 15, 2004

5 hits, 5 HR 

Pretty cool. I don't remember ever seeing this before, but I'm sure it's happened. The Yankees had 5 hits today against the Tigers in their 5-1 win, and all 5 of them were hom runs. Jeter, Matsui, Lofton, and 2 for ARod. If anyone knows the last time this happened, let me know.
# posted by shawn : 7/15/2004 09:24:00 PM -

Randy this, Randy that 

With all the news going around about Randy Johnson going here, there, or anywhere, we do know that he really wants to go to the Yankees. Well, if he doesn't want to go to the Red Sox, which seems true at this point (apparently he does NOT want to play on the same team as Schilling again), then why would the DBacks even bother to negotiate with them? Randy can invoke his no-trade clause for any trade. If he SAYS he doesn't want to go to the Sox, then the point is kinda moot, isn't it? Of course, it's probably only a negotiating tactic by the DBacks - keep the Sox in it and the Yanks will cough up even MORE (where they will find MORE, I don't really know). Ah well, it will be interesting to see how this all comes to a head. It looks like Randy WILL be traded. We'll just have to wait and see.
# posted by shawn : 7/15/2004 04:53:00 PM -

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

The Western Hemisphere Baseball League 

I know my posts have been a bit sparse lately, but I have good reason: I've joined The Western Hemisphere Baseball League. It's an OOTP league (if you don't know what OOTP is, you're missing out - it's a great baseball simulator. You can use made up players, or historical players. Look into it, you'll be very pleased that you did.

Anyway, in the WHBL, I'm the Guayaquil Tigrillos. In case you were wondering, Guayaquil is a city in Ecuador. We are currently in draft mode, which is what has been taking up most of my time. With 32 teams, the draft tends to get quite long and drawn out. There are a LOT of players in the draft that need to be reviewed and ranked, etc. My strategy has been going with mostly young players with a few strong veterens thrown in the mix. The young players won't make the major league team for a season or two, so my team is going to suck ass for the foreseeable future. The great thing about OOTP leagues, is that you usually get through an entire season in 2-3 months, then you have postseason, free agency, spring training, then the next season, so you really get to see your young guys progress and improve over time, from A-ballers to major league superstars. It's a ton of fun, especially if you join a league with very strong owners. I'm also in two other leagues that take up much less of my time (though one league is ready to dissolve and start over again). My 3rd league is an early 20th century team with historical players. I have the Detroit Tigers and we're in 1902 right now. It's pretty interesting.

Thanks for being patient with me while I gear up for the WHBL (and other things that have been keeping me busy, like a drawing class and building a shed in my backyard). I should be in full swing after the All-Star break. Thanks!
# posted by shawn : 7/13/2004 12:46:00 PM -

Monday, July 12, 2004

Cairo and Win Shares 

Lisa Gray of The Dugout makes a good point here. She says that Miguel Cairo is more valuable then you would first think. So here was my reply (which can be read at the previous link, too):
Very interesting. I've been pushing the fact that Cairo has been better than people have been thinking, and this proves me correct. Why trade for a second baseman when the one you have is outperforming just about every 2B in the majors. Again, I will point out that 163 AB is a relatively small sample size, but considering he's a good fielder, and he's hitting the ball well, I hope the Yanks focus elsewhere in the trade market (i.e. pitching).

And hopefully Brown and Karsay will help out when they get back from rehab. They will help out more than any trade could (except for maybe Randy Johnson).
# posted by shawn : 7/12/2004 01:04:00 PM -

Derek Jeter's Defensive Win Shares - A Complete Turnaround 

Last season Jeter had something like 1.5 Defensive Win Shares ALL SEASON. Granted he was injured for part of the season, but that is ATROCIOUS for a shortstop. Well, this year, according to David Pinto's Sortable Win Shares Derek Jeter is tied for 2nd in the American League with 4.2 Defensive Win Shares (Christian Guzman has 4.4, and Michael Young has 4.2). Pretty amazing, eh?

Congrats to Jeter for his improvement in the field this year.

(David Pinto's original post on the Sortable Win Shares is here and the statistics come from the Hardball Times right here.)
# posted by shawn : 7/12/2004 11:16:00 AM -