Bits and Pieces

The Arizona Diamondbacks are installing a humidor at Chase Field. MLB recommends that baseballs be stored at 70 degrees – 50% humidity. The only other team to use a humidor are the Colorado Rockies who installed one in 2002. I don’t know if it’s because of changes to their roster or the humidor but since 2002 homers in Coors Field have gone down 22%. Some physics professor conducted a study of the impact it might have in Arizona and projected that it would reduce home runs by 25 – 50 percent. It seems that a moister ball greatly improves the pitchers grip. Consideration is being given to installing a snow bank in Target Field.


There’s an article over at twinkietown ( that makes me feel better about the Twins not landing Who Darvish. It suggests that still available Lance Lynn could be had for a shorter and cheaper contract than Darvish while being nearly as good. The article didn’t get into the fancy schmancy stats that would be a wintry gust over my head anyways, but the ones cited seem pretty persuasive to me at least.

Darvish 2017: 186.2 IP, 3.86 ERA, 10.1 K/9, 1.3 HR/9, 2.8 BB/9, 3.8 bWAR

Lynn 2017: 186.1 IP, 3.43 ERA, 7.4 K/9, 1.3 HR/9, 3.8 BB/9, 3.1 bWAR

Given that they both pitched in the no like see ball go far league and, at least as far as I know, neither Dodger or Busch stadium are known to be particularly pitcher friendly or unfriendly, It should be a reasonably apples to apples comparison. Lynn will be two years from Tommy John surgery which is a concern, but also a hopeful consideration as pitchers coming off of Tommy John tend to be better the second year following it than the first. And they’re almost exactly the same age.

Stat heads feel free to educafy. What the hell is bWAR and why shouldn’t we throw you off the island?



Last but not least

Pitcher and catchers have reported. Position players are required to report no later than February 19.

Any one else got something? Remember we have no shame here.

19 thoughts on “Bits and Pieces

    1. I sort of half get that WAR means wins obtained by a team if the player is better than a fill in AAA player. My first guess is that the “b” (why is it a little b instead of fellow traveler “B”) means basic – whatever the hell that might mean.
      You like me don’t seem to have a decoder ring so you get to stay on the island.


  1. One comment on the Darvish stats, twinsfan. The statistics are very similar, but Darvish spent much of the year at Arlington, which is extremely pitcher-unfriendly.

    Still, I don’t think Lynn is chopped liver either.


      1. “Trust fund puke.” I like it. A concise description of the entitled class of the future. The best description I have seen of privileged young sh**s I have seen since the British invented the word “twit”


  2. I can’t recall ever caring less about the start of spring training. I can’t stand the blather of Jar Jar Baseball about how “excited” he is to be coaching a real, honest-to-Yog Sothoth one hundred loss team, or of bumbling Mike Hill about how the Feesh are going to be “competitive” (for the first round draft pick, anyway), and I especially can’t stand another iteration of “be patient” from Beep Beep and his asset stripping investor.

    I keep thinking if I go to sleep tonight this will all have been a bad dream, and when I wake up in the morning Mark Cuban will own the Feesh….

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    1. Mark Cuban? It could be worse. He is at least cognitively functional beyond the emotionally dysfunctional junior high school level. And you know what I mean.


      1. Oh hey don’t get me wrong. I would love to see Mark Cuban own the Feesh. He would make things happen.
        And, he could afford them.
        FYI don’t worry if I vanish into the ethos for a few days. I’m going to Monterrey, Mexico tomorrow through Sunday on business.

        No, not that kind of business. Stop smirking. I’m organizing a conference there at Monterrey Tech in October and I need to set up our meeting rooms, audiovisual and catering.

        Tough life, eh?

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        1. Eh! I envy you your current activities. But maybe not too much because I get to have some two year olds get to try and climb on top of my head. Next Monday I get to sleep in because it’s president’s day. I would prefer it be cancelled.


      2. I used to admire the very forward, iconoclastic image that Cuban portrayed as himself. In truth, he is a narcissistic jerkhole who abuses his employees and lives to see his name in the press.

        But the Astros are owned by a war profiteer who marches through trophy wives the way Sherman marched through Georgia. And that has worked out pretty darn well for Astros fans.

        So Cuban just might have worked out great in Miami.

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  3. I have no statistical backup to my belief that Darvish is declining, and tha it will be rapid and intense and include a lost season due to injury.

    My belief, I fully admit, has no statistical basis but is purely a gut instinct.

    And my gut instinct has nothing to do with the fact that Yu used to eat the Angels up like ballpark peanuts.


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