From SABR member Rob Arthur at Baseball Prospectus on February 15, 2019:
Since the discovery of a way to measure catcher framing, the skill has been a favorite of sabermetricians, informed baseball fans, and clever front offices.
Or on the farm? Lots of interesting crops a-growin’ on the farm
Greetings and Happy Friday to you and yours. Hope you survived the snowpocalyse. I knew my cabin fever was kicking in hard when the images from Spring Training started trickling in the other day and I just about lost my mind.
February 14, 2019
By: Samantha Lowder, Sports Information
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The St. Andrews University Men's Basketball team travelled to conference foe, Allen University, on Thursday, February 14th.
So far in 2019, two things have happened. One, as of this month, I've officially entered my thirties, and two, my Rays fandom is now old enough to consume an alcoholic beverage--legally.
Some of you may have known my writing from when I started a little over a year ago on my own site, TropTalk.
The talented pre-arb pitchers each inked long term deals this week at surprisingly low dollar amounts.
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola became Philadelphia Phillie ace Aaron Nola during the 2018 season.
Another familiar face is back in the organization.
The Oakland A’s signed infielder Cliff Pennington to a minor league deal on Friday, reports Martin Gallegos of the East Bay Times. The team also confirmed the move, as well as the fact that Pennington is a non-roster invitee to spring training.
This marks yet another reunion with a former A’s player, after also bringing back reliever Jerry Blevins this winter and many more familiar faces over the last few seasons.
After a bout with Mono last year, Logan Gilbert will look to start off his professional career in earnest this year.
For a first-round draft pick, the excitement surrounding Logan Gilbert has really died down.
A spring training thread
I’m going to miss spring training this year. Or rather, I’m going to miss my annual ST game this year. Due to unforeseen circumstances, our more or less annual trek to Ft.
NL West | NL Central | NL East || AL West | AL Central | AL EastI don’t pay much attention to Spring Training Statistics. You never know who the statistics are coming against. Baseball-Reference did, however, have an amazing tool last year that attempted to quantify the quality of opposing pitchers or batters faced during spring training games on a scale from 1-10 with 10 being MLB talent and 1-3 being high A to low A level.
The deal includes a club option that would allow the Yankees to keep control over Severino for an extra year.
The Yankees have agreed to a four-year deal with right-handed starting pitcher Luis Severino that will guarantee him $40 million.
Here’s how to listen to A’s games in 2019.
The Oakland A’s made a long-awaited announcement Friday morning, regarding the audio broadcasts of their games in 2019. Here is the full press release from the team, with a couple bits highlighted by me for emphasis:
The Oakland A’s today announced a new radio broadcast agreement with KTRB 860 AM and an expanded partnership with KHTK–AM 1140 in Sacramento.