Will we be getting a new and improved Yasiel Puig next season?
It's obviously way too early to tell, but you gotta love this early indication. The photo above, featuring Puig with slugger Miguel Cabrera, was instagramed yesterday. In the caption Miggy says that he ran into Puig working out with weights for the first time in young career. Hopefully, this is a sign of some good things to come. (Hat Tip: r/ilovemesomeme)
Below are more links to check out:
- I like Dave Roberts, via a tweet from Ken Rosenthal:
Sources: #Dodgers have interviewed Dave Roberts for managing job. LAD not close to decision. Roberts expected to move on from SD regardless.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 3, 2015
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Ralston Cash, manager Bill Haselman named to 2015 AFL Fall Stars Game." As Eric notes, Dodger prospect Jacob Scavuzzo is also an "Final Vote" candidate for the All-Star Game. Go here to make your mark for Scavuzzo.
- Well... I guess Dusty Baker is the manager instead. Via Mike Oz at Big League Stew, "It's official: Dusty Baker is the new manager of the Nationals."
- Via Kennedy Ryan at KTLA5, "Two Men Arrested in Shooting of Brother of Dodgers Pitcher Josh Ravin."
- You folks should come on out for this, via a tweet from Justin Turner:
Excited to play n #Bat4Hope Celeb Softball for @iamhope. Come out 2 support, get tix today: https://t.co/7ZGKJG5P0D pic.twitter.com/AWD13X3aMT— Justin Turner (@redturn2) November 3, 2015
- Via John Thorn at Our Game, "Ball Playing Among Native Americans."
- This is probably the most insightful sabermetric analysis of the Royals World Series win. Via Alex Skillin at The Hardball Times, "The Royals Are A Sabermetrics Team."
The Royals haven’t just won with defense, of course. At the plate, they’ve built a lineup filled with high-contact hitters in an era when power has become pricey and highly sought after. Moreover, in a time when hurlers have dominated and strikeouts have soared, Kansas City has assembled an offense that is less susceptible to the effects of elite velocity and pitching’s widespread supremacy.
As Ben Lindbergh wrote recently at Grantland, evidence exists that high-contact hitters perform better against power pitchers, a notion that has been borne out in the playoffs for two years in a row. (The Giants, too, have succeeded with a similar offensive makeup.) Although burly sluggers often can do more damage, they’re less consistent at the plate, and they’re vulnerable when facing hurlers who excel at getting strikeouts. Watching the Mets’ power arms churn through a formidable Cubs lineup demonstrated this concept to a “T.”
Ultimately, Kansas City is still not viewed as a sabermetric team due to a dated reputation that no longer accurately reflects the organization’s capabilities. Instead, the Royals should be regarded as one of the smartest organizations in baseball — a franchise, much like the Pirates or Astros, that has developed a clear plan and carried it out to great success. No, the Royals haven’t excelled solely because they possess some hyper-advanced analytics department filled with mad scientists churning out data and formulas that are well ahead of everyone else. But what they’ve done probably would draw far more accolades from the sabermetrics crowd if a team like the Rays or Cubs had succeeded with similar strategies.
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