I loooooove winning!

Friday, October 12, 2012

25 Anniversary Team - 1B

The results are in and, in a landslide, Clinton Clifton is your Catcher. On to a more difficult position to pick, 1B...

1. Ken Daly
Active Seasons: 9-current
Awards: 11 x all-star, 11 x silver slugger, 4 x MVP, ROY
Stats (Offense): 805 HR's, 2143 RBI's, .312 avg, 1.000 OPS
Stats (Defense): .997%, 0 plus, 3 minus

2. Henry Wise

Active Seasons: 13-current
Awards: 10 x all-star, 10 x silver slugger, 1 gold glove, 1 WS ring, ROY
Stats (Offense): 611 HR's, 1809 RBI's, .322 avg, 1.062 OPS
Stats (Defense): .999%, 12 plus, 60 minus

3. Sidney Allen


Active Seasons: 1-12
Awards: 1 x all-star, 3 x silver slugger, 2 x WS Rings
Stats (Offense): 630 HR's, 1616 RBI's, .276 avg, .934 OPS
Stats (Defense): .998%, 2 plus, 9 minus

4. Brendan Watson

Active Seasons: 10-24
Awards: 2 x all-star, ROY
Stats (Offense): 594 HR's, 1757 RBI's, .283 avg, .909 OPS
Stats (Defense): .998%, 4 plus, 68 minus

5.Osvaldo Roque
Active Seasons: 1-15
Awards: 8 x all-star, 2 x silver slugger

Stats (Offense): 589 HR's,  1631 RBI's,  .293 avg,  .955 OPS
Stats (Defense):







Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hall of Fame OPS Allowed and SP's

Current HOF'rs

1 - Rob Branson - OPS allowed of .632 over 15 Seasons, while league average was .786 over same period - .154 better than average

2. Jay Burnitz - OPS allowed of .714 over his 20 seasons, while the average  pitcher was .778 over the same period - .64 better than average

3. John Fikac - OPS allowed of .689 over his 17 seasons, while average pitcher was .783 over the same period - .94 better than average

Average SP HOF'r - OPS allowed of 1.04 OPS allowed better than average

I have argued in previous posts, for SP's, that 1.00 OPS better than average is a no doubt Hall of Famer. Anything less must take other factors into consideration. 

Prospective Hall Of Famers

1. Wilfredo Veras - OPS allowed of .659 over his 20 seasons, while average pitcher was .768 over the same period - .109 better than average

2. Willie Wheat - OPS allowed of .697 over his 20 seasons, while average was .768 over same period - .71 better than average. 

3. Miguel Vazquez - OPS allowed of .701 over his 24 seasons, while average was .773 over the same period - .72 better than average

4. Stephen Schourek - OPS allowed of .694 over his  18 seasons, while average was .785 over the same period - .91 better than average

Veras is in, no questions asked. I would put Wheat, Schourek, and Vazquez in as well based upon the body of their work. That is my ballot, plus Milton Simmons.  

Hall of Fame Win Shares

Position Players

Those in the Hall

1. Adam Lansing - 12 Seasons, 53.59 wins, 4.47 per season
2. Rollie Walker - 14 Seasons, 53.16 wins, 3.54 per season
3. Charles Lawrence - 17 Seasons, 95.56 wins, 5.62 per season
4. Eddie Reese - 15 Seasons, 64.51 wins, 4.30 per season
5. Rogers Torrealba - 15 Seasons, 31.49 wins, 2.09 per season
6. Juan Johnson - 17 Seasons, 43.81 wins,  2.58 per season
7. Brent Sabel - 16 Seasons, 42.09 wins, 2.63 per season

Average HOF'r - 15.14 Seasons, 54.89 wins, 3.62 wins per season

Candidates
1. Wesley Graves - 15 Seasons, 34.64 wins, 2.38 per season
2. Milton Simmons - 18 Seasons, 71.66 wins, 3.98 per season
3. Phil Iwazaki - 16 Seasons, 19.7 wins, 1.23 per season
4. Ignacio Cruz - 13 Seasons, 11.7 wins, .9 wins per season
5. Sergio Dupler - 15 Seasons, 38.64 wins, 2.58 per season



Monday, October 8, 2012

Tampa Bay Off-Season Review

Nothing to report. All is quiet. Or is it?

Free Agency So Far

Here is a look at some of the top deals so far:

 1. Alan Flair, Washington, 33 yr old 2B, 3 years $19.9 million
Analysis - Career OPS of .822 for a 2B ain't bad. Still has the glove and range to play the position for a couple more seasons. Should be a good deal for two seasons and an OK one for one. About right.

2. Taylor Brown, Richmond, 31 yr old SP, 3 years $15.3 million, mutual option
Analysis - A very good deal. Essentially a two year deal, Brown will not decline at all and remains a strong middle of the rotation guy. One of the better SP deals out there.

3. Paulie Fox, Helena, 33 yr old SP, 4 years $24 million
Analysis - Brown and Fox are very similar SP's. The difference? One was signed early for his demands (Fox) and one was signed late for a reduced amount (Brown). The waiting game can pay off if you are patient, even for young(ish) SP's.

4. Marcus King, Buffalo, 30 yr old RP, 5 yrs $30 million
Analysis - Maddie's doesn't like Marcus and his career stats are underwhelming. meece is banking on a career turnaround. Probably some good years left, but his splits and pitches are nothing special.

5. Luis Azocar, Cleveland, 36 yr old SP, 3 yrs $18.6 million
Analysis - Louie Sugar has had a nice career with a career OPS allowed under .700. So-so intangibles make this a risky deal, but he should be a #1/#2 type this year, middle of the rotation next, and back of the rotation in year three.

6. Brian Paquette, Buffalo, 30 yr old RP, 5 yrs $38 million with a $6 million bonus
Analysis - meece must be sick of his bullpen! $68 million invested and Paquette is a much better buy than King. #1 RP on the market, Paquette is primed for an all-star season.

7. Peter O'Connor, Montreal, 32 yr old LF, 2 yrs $10.8 million with a mutual option
Analysis - This is how you do it, folks. The waiting game paid off for nhollan as he picked up this big bat while nobody was watching. Essentially a one year deal, nhollan can pick up the option if O'Connor's ratings hold firm, or decline and let a Type A walk.

8. Jesus Pineda, Washington, 32 yr old LF, 3 yrs $18.9 million
Analysis - Another deal that I like, although not as much as O'Connor. This former MVP should produce good value for kramer.

9. Tyson Lollar, Washington, 30 yr old CF, $43.3 million with a mutual option
Analysis - Along with Richmond and Buffalo, DC has been one of the biggest spenders in FA. There could be worse places to put your money than in Loller and his career .850 OPS in CF. he might get one more season in CF then have to move to 2B.

10. Bill Elster, Richmond, 35 yr old SP, 1 yr $5.1 million Analysis - Another very good SP deal for big spending Richmond. Elster was the #1 traditional SP on the market and he should deliver far more value than his contract.