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Before it’s too late

October 11th, 2007 by

Choices for the Padres will come up shortly but I wanted to get this out before more things happen in the playoffs that I won’t be able to unknow.

AL MVP – Alex Rodriguez, NYY

I can’t imagine that this needs any explanation but here goes.

Rodriguez finished first in the AL in the following categories:

-SLG

-OPS

-OPS+

-Runs

-Total bases

-RBI

-Win shares

-RC

-Home runs

And he was even second in the league with HBP, with 21. That’s impressive.

Runner up: Ortiz, BOS

He quietly put up big numbers, finishing in the top two or three in most statistical categories.

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Josh Bard needs the job

October 11th, 2007 by

Josh Bard and competitors
  PA WARP3 EqA VORP WS RC27 OPS+
Josh Bard 443 3.7 .274 22.5 16 5 105
Ramon Hernandez 409 2.8 .245 8.4 11 4.3 89
Russell Martin 620 9.2 .285 46.1 24 6.7 115
Chris Snyder 380 5.3 .260 14.1 17 5 9

Wow. I suppose I haven’t been following as close as I should have. Josh Bard’s baseball-reference page stunned me the other day as I pulled up his his numbers What a fine season! The table above shows my mostly favorite offensive stats, along with those of a couple NL west studs and an injury riddled former Padre for comparison.

The .364 OBA seals the deal: give Bard the job. One bothersome note was his slow start. When Kevin Towers learned Michael Barrett was available, there wasn’t much thought needed to the decision to grab him on the cheap. Though Barrett’s shaky start didn’t improve, Bard showed patience and finished with a second half that rivaled his 2006 numbers.

It’s not his fault no starter on the team uses a slidestep.

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I don’t think so but it’s ‘inconclusive’

October 8th, 2007 by

Holiday never touched the plate

It isn’t so much that he never touched the plate and the call was wrong. Umpires are humans. The human element of the game is important. We as fans shouldn’t make excuses. The team had their chances. That’s life.

But according to this website, ESPN is trying to cover up the bad call. How egregious. It doesn’t surprise me though. ESPN has been anything but an unbiased source of ‘news’ for as long as I can remember. They exist to entertain. It is why they waste time “who’s nowing” rather than conducting and explaining research on evaluation methods.

MLB is apparently in cover up mode as well, but the reasoning there is a little more obvious.

It is probably bad for the business of everyone involved if people learn that umpires make mistakes. Especially in favor of the darling team with the great backstory.

R. EDIT:

I’ve always had a problem with the idea of “human error” being part of the game. I’m not going to argue that it’s not, but the humans making errors should be the players. Human error in that game should’ve been reserved for Matt Holliday breaking in on Giles’ double or Peavy failing to show up. It shouldn’t include Tim McClellan blowing a titanic call because he was out of position.

I think it should also be noted that McClellan’s call was only the second time that weekend that the Padres had gotten screwed. That Friday, against Milwaukee, Bruce Froemming missed a very obvious call at first base that luckily didn’t matter thanks to a timely double play. That’s the same Bruce Froemming who defended Mike Winters after he went after Milton Bradley. It’s quite the coincidence, isn’t it?

HOWEVER, I’m saying this the night after the Yankees were on the wrong side of three bad calls in a game they would go on to lose against the Indians. Shit happens. Just ask Josh Paul or Tony Tarasco.

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Testing

October 7th, 2007 by

The Peacock by William Butler Yeats

What’s riches to him?

That has made a great peacock

With the pride of his eye?

The wind-beaten, stone-grey

And desloate Three Rock

Would nourish his whim.

Live he or die.

Amid wet rocks and heather,

His ghost will be gay

Adding feather to feather

For the pride of his eye.

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Welcome to the Sacrifice Bunt

October 7th, 2007 by

I’m Melvin. Ray and I are starting The Sacrifice Bunt to write about the Padres and baseball. The site is currently a work in progress, so bear with us.

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