Thursday, November 08, 2012

Dodgers Blog Kiosk: 11/8/2012

Hanley Ramirez just tweeted this photo of himself wearing long dreads in preparation for Winter Ball.
  • Fox Sports AM570 and the Paralyzed Veterans of America have teamed up to present a Dodgers charity auction- PVARadiothon- today.  Go here for details.  Purchase a unique Dodgers field experience and some autographed memorabilia ranging from Kershaw to Willie Mays.
  • Jon SooHoo put up some awesome Mark McGwire photographs from his archives.  I personally like the one with Bobby Bonilla and dinosaurs.
  • Listen to Mark McGwire on AM570 Petros and Money speak about batting and steroids, here.  A great listen.  A must listen.
  • Here's more stories on McGwire:  
Eric Stephens at True Blue LA: Mark McGwire Happy Baseball Brought Him Back Home
Bill Plaschke at LA Times: Mark McGwire Deserves His Chance for a New Path with Dodgers
Of the pitching market in general, Colletti said, “It’s not massive. It’s probably unlikely trade-wise. There are probably three or four different pitchers we have interest in. We’ll see. It’s still fairly early in the process. But pitching is most of our concentration right now.”
  • The Onion discusses the T206 Honus Wagner Baseball card.
  • This is not from the Onion.  Dodger reliever Todd Coffey erased his twitter account because Obama won, via The Outside Corner.  I call this Fox Derangement Syndrome. 
  • Evan Bladh at Opinion of Kingman's Performance writes an excellent article on Jeff Kent's ride through Survivor.
  • Speaking of the election.  Nate Silver, a well respected Baseball sabermetrics guy took his knowledge, skills and abilities to analyze political polls.  As you might expect from a purely non-partisan statistical analysis, he got the election polls right.  Dave Cameron at FanGraphs writes all about it.
The takeaway from last night shouldn’t be “always trust Nate Silver” or “always trust the data”. The takeaway should be that even mediocre data is often better than no data, and when you put mediocre data in the hands of smart people who understand its limitations and adjust accordingly, it can become quite useful indeed. 

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