Posts Tagged ‘New York Yankees’

@JasonCollette & Megan Marshall join me & @JoelHenard on BDD Radio at 700

Jason Collette & Megan Marshall join me & @JoelHenard on Baseball Daily Digest Radio at 700: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thefantasyinsiders/2012/04/23/jason-collette-and-megan-marshall-join-the-guys-on-bdd-radio.

We’ll talk Phil Humber, Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw, Marlon Byrd, Bobby Valentine, Vernon Wells, James Shields, B.J. Upton, Jacoby Ellsbury, Aroldis Chapman, Tampa Bay Rays, Sean Marshall, Jesus Montero, Nolan Reimold, Cliff Lee, A.J. Burnett, New York Yankees, Eric Hosmer, Klye Drabek, Danny Duffy, Francisco Liriano, Jake Peavy, Omar Infante, Paul Goldschmidt, Edwin Encarnacion, Michael Pineda, Alex Rodriguez, Andy Pettitte, Derek Jeter, Dave Winfield, Brett Gardner, Mariano Rivera, Gio Gonzalez, Ryan Dempster, Adrian Beltre, Jason Kipnis, Chris Perez, Matt Wieters, Juan Pierre, Drew Hutchinson, Neftali Feliz, Tommy Hanson, roto, fantasy baseball, and much more!

Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: Matt Moore Loses, David Wright Breaks Finger & More for @TheFantasyFix

Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: Matt Moore Loses, David Wright Breaks Finger & More for The Fantasy Fix: http://www.thefantasyfix.com/1/post/2012/04/lang-dailyfix-41112.html.

The column covers fantasy baseball and roto impressions from last night, focusing on Matt Moore, Austin Jackson, Dee Gordon, Daniel Bard, Edwin Encarnacion, Kelly Johnson, Neftali Feliz, Kyle Lohse, David Freese, David Wright, Justin Turner, Wei-Yin Chin, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Chipper Jones, Kyle Drabeck, Chris Young, Edinson Volquez, and much more!

Derek Jeter, 2012 Fantasy Baseball Profile: Ol’ Reliable a Reliable Sleeper for @TheFantasyFix

Derek Jeter, 2012 Fantasy Baseball Profile: Ol’ Reliable a Reliable Sleeper for The Fantasy Fix. A look at the roto and fantasy baseball value of potential 2012 sleeper, Derek Jeter:

http://www.thefantasyfix.com/1/post/2012/03/jeter6312.html

Debate Me: Paul Konerko or Mark Teixeira? for Fantasy Pros 911

Debate Me: Paul Konerko or Mark Teixeira? for Fantasy Pros 911: http://fp911.com/debate-me-paul-konerko-or-mark-teixeira/

I take Paul Konerko and see Teixeira as a 3-category guy who kills your batting average.

Fantasy Baseball Debate Me: Matt Moore v Michael Pineda for Fantasy Pros 911 (@FP911)

Fantasy Baseball Debate Me: Matt Moore v Michael Pineda for Fantasy Pros 911 (@FP911):

http://fp911.com/debate-me-matt-moore-or-michael-pineda/.

I take Pineda, or the one of the two who has thrown significant innings in the majors.

Fantasy Baseball Debate Me: Nick Swisher or Jay Bruce: I take Swish for @FP911 (Fantasy Pros 911)

Fantasy Baseball Debate Me: Nick Swisher or Jay Brucehttp://fp911.com/debate-me-nick-swisher-or-jay-bruce/.

I take the Nick Swisher side of the debate in this one!

Mark Teixeira – Overrated for 2012 Fantasy Baseball for Razzball

Mark Teixeira – Overrated for 2012 Fantasy Baseball for Razzball: http://razzball.com/mark-teixeira-overrated-for-2012-fantasy-baseball/

Michael Pineda for Jesus Montero, Fantasy Implications

Michael Pineda for Jesus Montero, Fantasy Implicationshttp://razzball.com/michael-pineda-for-jesus-montero-fantasy-implications/

h2h Corner ~ Check You out on the Flip Side: Brett Tomko

I don’t know if this is at all accurate, but this could be the first baseball card that alludes to a player being in the “best shape of his life.” Unfortunately, Tomko’s improved overall strength didn’t exactly help him in the transition to the big boy league:

1999 with the Reds: 172 IPs, 6.91 K/9, 3.14 BB/9, 4.92 ERA, 5.06 FIP, 1.37 WHIP

2000 with the Mariners: 92.1 IPs, 5.75 K/9, 3.90 BB/9, 4.68 ERA, 4.94 FIP, 1.43 WHIP

I find his decline in K-rate somewhat startlingly, sure he went from a league that features the pitcher to one with a designated hitter, but he went from starting most of his games to relieving – perhaps that pitcher was a massive cushion for Tomko. Regardless, he totally needed that strength improvement program.

The card also notes that Tomko has four excellent pitches. While we don’t have pitch value data going back to the beginning of his career, I find it hard to believe he had one excellent pitch. From 2002-2011, his wFB totaled -20.1 and his wSL was -16.1. About the only thing the card got right is that his curveball was improving: his wCB was 3.7 in 2002 and 0.8 from 2002-2011.

Lastly, at the time of the Griffey trade, there was no way people saw Tomko as loaded with talent. If the Mariners thought he was loaded with talent, he would have started more than 12 games over two years and wouldn’t have been traded just two years and 127 innings later.

In fact, he was traded three times from 2000-2002 and, once he made it to free agency, travelled up and down the west coast signing with the Giants, Dodgers, Padres, and Athletics. He, perhaps, pitched poorest for the Dodgers, earning the nickname: “Bombko,” which, in any other sport, might be a positive thing. Tomko’s 1.25 HR/9 from 1997-2011 is the 31st worst during that span (and look at the ballparks he pitched in).

While his career fell short of its promise, his personal life is rosy: Tomko is married to Julia Schultz (her google image search is NSFW but worth it) and has become an artist – I wonder what he wants to paint (certainly wasn’t corners like Bob Tewksbury, hardy har har).

And the most interesting thing about Tomko: his father won a contest naming the Cleveland Cavaliers; his entry stated, “the name Cleveland Cavaliers represents a group of daring, fearless men.”

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h2h Corner ~ Check You Out on the Flip Side: Hoyt Wilhelm (via Candy Maldonado)

Before the summer of 1991, when I was just 9, I thought I knew everything about baseball – and, if not everything about baseball, everything about the Baltimore Orioles. I grew up going to games with my family. I also tagged along with my father and some of his college friends, one of which played “fantasy baseball.” This particular friend was astounded at my ability to recall statistics, trades, etc.

What changed that summer? I rode in a car driven by my father to Cooperstown, New York. We had an old Volkswagen Rabbit (I think) without A/C. I had purchased Pocket Full of Kryptonite (holy crap what a video) before the trip and we listened to it on repeat the entire way – my father must have hated the Spin Doctors.

Anyway, the whole city is amazing, baseball card stores, memorabilia abounds – and that doesn’t include the awesome history-rich spectacle that is the Hall of Fame. On this trip, I opened a 1989 Upper Deck pack and received a Ken Griffey, Jr. card. Magic.

Getting to actually go into the Hall was a special thrill. I got my picture taken in-between the plaques of Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson. Then we wandered around and I saw Hoyt Wilhelm. I had no freaking clue who Hoyt Wilhelm was. I had never studied my Candy Maldonado cards apparently (probably because I hated Maldonado even though I sort of liked the Blue Jays teams from the early 90s…Maldonado always seemed to make errors and lollygag. But, I’ve already written about Maldonado so there’s no reason to dwell).

Wilhelm, who pitched as a 48-year-old, had a career that spanned 21 seasons and 2,254 innings and he racked up a bunch of records on the way.

Wilhelm appeared in the fifth most games in history by a pitcher: 1,070, which trails only Dennis Eckersley, Mike Stanton, John Franco and Jesse Orosco – modern day relievers. He also owns the 30th best ERA (2.52) by a pitcher with at least 1,500 IPs. He owns the most career victories in relief: 124 – a record not likely to ever be broken. He also pitched the most innings in relief in MLB history: 1,871.

And that knuckleball was devastating, resulting in the eighth lowest opposing batting average – people hit just .216 off him – a mark better than Randy Johnson. Hell his knuckleball was so good, the Baltimore Orioles created a bigger mitt so catchers could handle it.

And, really, it wouldn’t be until he joined the Orioles that his career would take off. He spent eight seasons with the New York Giants, St. Louis, and Cleveland, until the Indians gave up on him and Baltimore claimed him off waivers. He pitched for parts of five years for the Orioles, amassing 14.7 wins above replacement player, a 2.42 ERA and 2.28 K:BB walk rate. Eventually he would be part of a trade that brought the Orioles Luis Apiricio.

Still, Wilhelm is probably most remembered for September 20, 1958 when he threw a no-hitter against the hated Yankees and Mr. Perfect, Don Larsen. The Yankees wouldn’t be no-hit for another 45 years.

Then, the following year, on August 6, 1959, Wilhelm almost pitched a no-hitter in relief. Entering the game at the start of the ninth inning, Wilhelm held the White Sox hitless for 8⅔ innings before finally surrendering a hit in the 17th.

Wilhelm also fought in Europe during World War II and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. He received the Purple Heart.

I’ve found my way to a number of Hoyt Wilhelm cards over the years (all pictured here). I realize he’s a borderline Hall of Famer, at best, but his career remains terribly fascinating to this day. I stumbled upon his life much the same way I stumbled onto this topic – just cruising through baseball history looking to soak up knowledge. Who knew something good could come from Candy Maldonado?

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