(19. 3. 2019, 15:00:02, Beyond the Boxscore)
â€™s slider; the next CBA will grapple with service time; minor league salaries
FanGraphs | Ben Clemens: Aroldis Chapman
is known for his fastball, but what about his slider? It had the highest whiff rate of any slider last year, and the highest whiff rate (and swing rate) of sliders in the zone. The most amazing part is that he throws it like a fastball in that he tries to just get it over the plate, and that induces swings and misses.
Baseball Prospectus | Rob Mains ($): One of the sticking points for the next CBA will be arbitration and service time, which is a hot-button issue now that the free agent market has gotten colder. This is because of a confluence of trends: the game is getting younger; teams arenâ€™t paying older players; and, the accrued service time of players is getting shorter as they peak earlier, hit free agency later, and retire earlier (více...)
(17. 3. 2019, 18:35:01, razzball.com)
The Cincinnati Reds have not enjoyed a lot of good off-seasons. Not many good in-seasons, either. Perhaps you remember the winter they thought domestic violence was bad enough to Aroldis Chapman
for peanuts. Maybe a pretzel. The way I remember it, the press they received for this decision was largely negative, criticizing the Reds for not getting more back from the Yankees, who received little if any negative press for their support of a domestic abuser. They Reds had obtained, among other pieces, a man whose last name looked strikingly similar to gigolo. Perhaps this was their error. Perhaps part III, if this transaction happened today, I hope the media would more readily praise that front officeâ€™s zero-tolerance stance on choking in the kitchen and gun-play in the garage. (více...)