This week we had a lot to cover, including Danny Duffy‘s bid for a perfect game, Alex Gordon‘s bombs on Sunday, Sal Perez getting hurt, Justin Maxwell getting designated for assignment, 810 Zone snubs, and some developments in baseball that could lead to an alternative to Mike Moustakas.
Along with that, we also talked about some of the newly unveiled features of MLB’s developing player tracking system and some ways it can be applied, which led to a discussion about just how to enjoy the game. There’s been some discussion recently about the split between casual fan and hardcore stathead fan and how the game should be watched. Locally, Bob Fescoe has been critical of those who like to look at stats, while Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe wrote a column suggesting that stat fans only wanted to look at stats and not watch the game.
Jeff and Mike think there’s room for both, and they tell you why that is and how they watch a ballgame, and what that means in relation to the stats that are out there.
This week’s sources:
- One speculative thought on adding Will Middlebrooks – KoK suggests trading Moose for him, where we felt more like having both and seeing who pans out would work better.
- Bob Ryan’s column about statheads who hate watching baseball.
- Dave Cameron’s response to Bob Ryan.
- MLBAM’s new videos about the player tracking system.
- A detailed look at those videos.
Also keep your calendar clear for Memorial Day weekend. Our sponsor, Kelly’s Westport Inn, is helping host a block party with their neighbors at McCoy’s on May 25 at 8 p.m. It’s a $5 cover and local band Lost Wax takes the stage at 9:30.
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