Tuesday, November 6, 2018

New Post at The Crawfish Boxes: Could the Indians and Astros Become Trade Partners?

Following my post looking at rumors of the Diamondbacks being sellers at the Winter Meeting a few weeks ago, here's a new piece looking about similar rumors for the Indians. They look like a good potential match for the Astros, for a number of reasons.

Meanwhile, if you missed the D-backs article, that one can be found here.

Monday, October 29, 2018

2018 World Series Trivia: Best Active Players Without a World Series

Once again, it's time for my yearly post-World Series Sporcle Quiz, "Can You Name the Best Active Players Without a World Series", now updated to account for the newly-crowned champs, the 2018 Red Sox. If you want to play the quiz blind, follow that link. I have a few mildly spoiler-filled comments after the break once you're finished.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The Annual MLB Playoff Trivia Article, 2018 Edition

My writing at The Crawfish Boxes and the dual-Game 163s yesterday made this sneak up on me more than the last few years, but I still wanted to keep my streak alive. But first things first: over at the Crawfish Boxes, I was one of the writers to submit my predictions for the AL Wild Card Game and Division Series rounds, so go check that out (spoiler alert: I picked the Astros over the Indians).

With that out of the way, on to the traditional trivia:

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Predicting the 2018 Astros' Postseason Roster

My first full piece over at The Crawfish Boxes is up. In it, I try and predict the position players who will make the Astros' postseason roster. Go check it out!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Crawfish Boxes

Just as an update: I am now a writer over at The Crawfish Boxes (SB Nation's Astros site). My introduction post there is up, and I'll continue to post updates here when I have new stuff over there. If I have any non-Astros things that don't fit in there, it'll also stay over here.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

If Old-Age Success Is Key for Hall of Fame Induction, Which Current Starters Best Fit That Model? Part 2

In my last go-around, I looked at Hall of Fame pitchers and demonstrated just how important it is for a starter to be good in their mid-to-late-30s when it comes to the Hall of Fame. My entry point into the discussion, though, was looking at Cole Hamels and the possibility of him one day making it to Cooperstown. Now that we have the former framework in place, why not take a look at the latter question, and expand it to other players with Hall potential?

A quick refresher, for those have forgotten, the general factors we will be looking for are:

-A starter with more than about 56 Wins Above Replacement (Baseball-Reference’s version) before their age-33 season is basically in no matter what. Starters with more than 56 WAR in their total careers don’t always make it in, but guys who manage that mark this early in their career basically always do.

-Everyone else should probably be in the range of 30 to 56 Wins by then, at which point they will need a solid end to solidify their pitch to voters.

-For that group, 20+ WAR from age 33 on is pretty safe, 12+ WAR isn’t bad (especially depending on their pre-33 total), and other factors after that point (like Cy Young-type seasons or memorable postseason performances) don’t hurt.

-Starting pitchers with under 30 WAR before turning 33 aren’t totally without representation in the Hall, but you need to be one of the all-time great old-man pitchers (see Phil Niekro, or Randy Johnson for examples). As such, it’s worth keeping in mind, but probably not worth highlighting specific players unless they give us a reason to think they might be that type of guy (by, say, having a Cy Young-caliber year or two in their 30s already).

So, given those conditions, who’s in the conversation, and what would they need to do the rest of the way to punch their ticket? If I were drawing up a list, separated into different tiers based approximately on career, it would look roughly as follows (WAR totals accurate as of this week):