7 Days Till Opening Day: Pagan’s Palliative Production

There’s one thing about Angel Pagan we can state with confidence, based on the past two seasons: when he’s on the field, he’s still a good hitter. He just isn’t on the field much anymore. Leg issues in 2013, back issues in 2014, who knows what in 2015. The biggest predictor for whether a player […]

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8 Days Till Opening Day: Assessing Aoki, Appreciating Blanco

Norichika Aoki is one of those non-star players you see on opposing teams and quietly covet. You know he’ll never be the difference between your team contending or not, but you just appreciate his game; how solid his at-bats always are, how he seems to make great defensive plays regularly. Add to that his distinctly […]

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9 Days Till Opening Day: Believe in B-Craw

Here’s a nice palate cleanser: Brandon Crawford. Oh, Brandon, you are the only shortstop in baseball whose fielding is as attractive as his face. Which is no small feat, considering how attractive his fielding is. Yes, the Giants shortstop since 2012 is one of the best defenders in the game, which is how he’s mainly […]

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10 Days Till Opening Day: Casey McGeheeee Grounded Into Another Double Play

Now’s the time for me to write about the Giants’ fat third baseman, only it isn’t the fat third baseman I wish I were writing about. Despite his whiplash-inducing turn from fan favorite to heel, I really, really wish I were writing about Pablo Sandoval’s 2015 with the Giants, because I really, really don’t want […]

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11 Days Till Opening Day: Projecting Joe Panik

Pun headlines are beneath me, only because I don’t get paid to write them, and so there’s a nice, straight Joe Panik headline for you. The rest of this post will be just as nice and straight, so don’t Panik. You probably expected that, and if not, you should’ve. But what we can’t expect is […]

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12 Days Till Opening Day: Ready Your #belted For 2015

This is going to be Brandon Belt’s breakout year—and since I know you’re wondering, yes, you are reading these words in 2015. It’s been said every year since 2011, and despite him having a pretty solid career so far (including a very good 2013), he’s seen as a bit of a disappointment. I wrote last […]

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13 Days Till Opening Day: Buster Posey’s 2015

I feel like fully half the things I’ve ever written about baseball have been about Buster Posey, and I equally feel like that’s only half as many things as I’ve wanted to write about him (his name with hearts around it on my school binder doesn’t count.) He’s the best catcher in baseball and the […]

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14 Days Till Opening Day: Baseball is Boring

Being an immigrant means taking on the role of full-time volunteer cultural liaison, wittingly or not. The most intentional way I perform this duty is by inviting people over to my flat to watch baseball during the summer. More than a few times my friends have obliged, come over and dutifully tried paying attention, maybe […]

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15 Days Till Opening Day: Effectively Wild

An essential part of my baseball life is the podcast from Baseball Prospectus, Effectively Wild. I started listening to it at the very beginning, when the hosts Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller said the idea was to do a daily, very short podcast, 15 minutes or so. This didn’t last long. Soon enough the episodes […]

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16 Days Till Opening Day: Back to BABIP

Way back at the start of this project I wrote a bit of a primer to some advanced pitching statistics, centered around BABIP and the discovery that pitchers have much, much less control over what happens to a ball in play than previously thought. After reading that the scales surely fell from your eyes, and like […]

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