san francisco – NY Renegades http://nyrenegades.com/ Fri, 18 Mar 2022 14:17:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://nyrenegades.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/ny.png san francisco – NY Renegades http://nyrenegades.com/ 32 32 New Cleveland Guardians scoreboard script panel installed https://nyrenegades.com/new-cleveland-guardians-scoreboard-script-panel-installed/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 13:11:00 +0000 https://nyrenegades.com/new-cleveland-guardians-scoreboard-script-panel-installed/ The 2022 home opening is scheduled for Friday, April 15. CLEVELAND — The transformation is complete. The Brilliant Electric Sign Company completed the installation of the new Cleveland Guardians scenario sign atop the Progressive Field scoreboard on Thursday afternoon. Installation of the sign, which measures 81 feet wide and 28 feet high, began last week. […]]]>

The 2022 home opening is scheduled for Friday, April 15.

CLEVELAND — The transformation is complete.

The Brilliant Electric Sign Company completed the installation of the new Cleveland Guardians scenario sign atop the Progressive Field scoreboard on Thursday afternoon.

Installation of the sign, which measures 81 feet wide and 28 feet high, began last week.

RELATED: Cleveland Guardians tickets for April 15 Opening Day go on sale Friday

The sign’s completion comes a month before the 2022 home opener at Progressive Field, which is scheduled for Friday, April 15 against the San Francisco Giants. It’s also the first time the team will play in Cleveland under its new Guardians name.

“What a great sight,” the team wrote on social media along with a photo of the completed panel.

What a beautiful view 😍

Posted by Cleveland Guardians on Thursday, March 17, 2022

We streamed extensive live coverage of the panel installation on Thursday morning, which you can watch below:

The removal of the Indian dashboard road sign began last November.

The team announced its name change on July 23.

“We are thrilled to usher in the next era of deep baseball history in Cleveland,” team owner and president Paul Dolan said when the new name was revealed. “Cleveland has been and always will be the most important part of who we are. Therefore, we wanted a name that strongly represents the pride, resilience and loyalty of the Clevelanders. “Guardians” reflects those attributes that define us while drawing inspiration from the iconic Guardians of Traffic just outside the ballpark on the Hope Memorial Bridge. It brings to life the pride the people of Cleveland feel in our city and how we fight together for all who choose to be part of the Cleveland baseball family. While “Indians” will always be a part of our history, our new name will help unite our fans and our city because we are all Cleveland Guardians. »

RELATED: Cleveland Guardians ace Shane Bieber still open to long-term deal with club

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Opening of Major League Baseball spring camps; Cleveland players wear Guardians kit https://nyrenegades.com/opening-of-major-league-baseball-spring-camps-cleveland-players-wear-guardians-kit/ Sat, 12 Mar 2022 04:03:40 +0000 https://nyrenegades.com/opening-of-major-league-baseball-spring-camps-cleveland-players-wear-guardians-kit/ SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Diamondbacks wide receiver Carson Kelly and manager Torey Lovullo shared a hug, a smile and a few slaps on the back under the bright blue skies the Cactus League is known to provide. The bickering is over. Baseball is back. A day after owners and players reached an agreement to end […]]]>

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Diamondbacks wide receiver Carson Kelly and manager Torey Lovullo shared a hug, a smile and a few slaps on the back under the bright blue skies the Cactus League is known to provide.

The bickering is over. Baseball is back.

A day after owners and players reached an agreement to end a 99-day lockout, all 30 spring training camps opened in Arizona and Florida. Now the four-week sprint begins in earnest to prepare for an April 7 opening day.

“We’ve been waiting for this for a while,” D-backs infielder Josh Rojas said ahead of Friday’s practice. “It’s good that we did everything. I did my best to stay ready for that day, whenever it came. It happened quickly.

Cleveland ace Shane Bieber eased into the Guardians kit, Toronto Blue Jays star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. started taking balls, and new St. Louis Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol signed deals. autographs as spring training for the major leagues finally began.

At the Goodyear complex that Cleveland shares with the Cincinnati Reds, a few big names have escaped.

Bieber, the 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner, and All-Star third baseman José Ramírez were among the players wearing Guardians gear who underwent light workouts after check-in physicals. The team officially changed its name from Indians after last season.

Bo Bichette and José Berríos were among those who joined Guerrero to take care of the Blue Jays camp in Dunedin, Florida. Sunday is the mandatory reporting date for players, but many were eager to get to work early.

Rojas was part of a large contingent of Diamondbacks players who showed up for camp in Scottsdale. Like many players, he had been attending informal workouts in various areas of Arizona as job talks escalated. The union had even set up a makeshift base in Mesa, Ariz., at a multi-purpose sports facility, but that was starting to empty on Friday as players reported to their regular camps.

“We did a very good job staying ready,” Rojas said. “There were a lot of places where 15, 20, 30 guys met, running our own practices. Ground balls, live bullpen, live bats, infield strikes.

In Tampa, Fla., New York Yankees star DJ LeMahieu was part of a multi-team squad that last practiced at a high school less than a mile from the New York complex. Boston’s Rafael Devers and Philadelphia’s JT Realmuto, Didi Gregorius and Andrew McCutchen also participated over the past month.

LeMahieu hugged and shook hands with some of the other players after the session.

“Of course, officially the last unofficial practice,” he said.

St. Louis outfielders Harrison Bader and Tyler O’Neill were at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., where the Miami Cardinals and Marlins share the complex. Last week, Mets star Max Scherzer was also at the stadium, as part of the bargaining teams working on a new collective bargaining agreement.

“It’s good to be back, to be here, the fans, everything. Coming back is all you can ask for,” Marlins outfielder/first baseman Garrett Cooper said as he walked on. moved away.

“I’m glad everything went well and we’re going to complete 162 games. It was important for a lot of people to play a full season in front of everyone and to be back here with COVID and everything that is beyond us. Just having 162 normal matches is important for us,” he said.

On this day, with temperatures in the 80s under partly sunny skies on the east coast of Florida, almost everyone seemed ready to go from ABC to ERA and RBI.

“The fans have been through a lot lately,” Texas Rangers president Jon Daniels said.

Yankees slugger Luke Voit said, “I just didn’t want to lose any fans. They deserve that we are already there.

Ron Hoskins and his son Shawn had traveled from St. Louis to Jupiter two weeks ago when it emerged Major League Baseball and the union were close to reaching a deal. The settlement came too late for them to see a Grapefruit League game – they have to go home on Saturday and the exhibition season starts next Thursday.

“Unfortunately, I won’t be able to see a spring training game here this year,” Hoskins said.

The trip was not a total loss for Hoskins.

Donning his replica Yadier Molina white jersey, Hoskins took Shawn, who has Down syndrome, to the ballpark. They were among a group of about a dozen fans and autograph-seekers who waited outside the doors, hoping to catch a glimpse of something major league baseball.

Although they haven’t seen any big leaguers, Hoskins and his son were able to meet Marmol, who was promoted from bench coach to Cardinals manager after last season.

Reaching the gate, Marmol crouched down and stuck his arm through the fence to sign Shawn, 37,’s shirt.

“I liked that,” Shawn said.

Cardinals CEO Bill DeWitt was disappointed to learn that Hoskins and his son will be out.

“Sorry it worked out like that. It’s a shame they can’t stay a few more days and see the training sessions and so on. It’s obviously disappointing that we didn’t start in time “said DeWitt.

At George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Yankees fans have been asking about spring training tickets, with games set to start next week. Inside the team store, new jerseys with “Grapefruit League 22” were in stock and new televisions were installed in the restaurants inside the park.

Many players also have work to do.

Freddie Freeman, Carlos Correa and Trevor Story were among more than 100 free agents without a contract when camps opened.

All-Star left-hander Carlos Rodón and the NL West champions San Francisco Giants have agreed to a two-year, $44 million deal, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been announced.

Rodón, 29, was 13-5 with a 2.37 ERA last season for champions AL Central.

Arizona Diamondbacks players run during the first day of spring training, Friday, March 11, 2022, in Scottsdale, Arizona. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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Dodgers: Los Angeles fans react to proposed 14-team playoff format https://nyrenegades.com/dodgers-los-angeles-fans-react-to-proposed-14-team-playoff-format/ Sun, 06 Mar 2022 16:00:38 +0000 https://nyrenegades.com/dodgers-los-angeles-fans-react-to-proposed-14-team-playoff-format/ A big point of contention between MLB and the MLBPA has been the expansion of the playoffs. The players’ association prefers a 12-team playoff format, while the owners want a 14-team format. Yesterday, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that the MLBPA is open to revisiting the discussion of the 14-team playoff format to restart CBA negotiations. […]]]>

A big point of contention between MLB and the MLBPA has been the expansion of the playoffs. The players’ association prefers a 12-team playoff format, while the owners want a 14-team format. Yesterday, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that the MLBPA is open to revisiting the discussion of the 14-team playoff format to restart CBA negotiations.

Dodgers fans have shared their thoughts on the prospect of a 14-team playoff format.

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A fan used it as an opportunity to take a shot at the arch-rival San Francisco Giants.

AGAINST – it devalues ​​the regular season. We no longer need 88 winning teams stealing the World Series because they get hot at the right time.

—Tom (@la4052101) March 4, 2022

Primarily, baseball fans aren’t thrilled about the prospect of letting slightly above-average clubs make the playoffs.

@DodgersNation 100% against. My concern is not the income of the owner, it is the product in the field. The current format has the best teams in the playoffs. I don’t need to see the second tier rewarded with a playoff birth. Division winners and wild cards suffice. Don’t add mediocrity

@DodgersNation Vs. This waters down the playoffs and only benefits mediocre teams. Unless they get ultra creative and make sure a crap team isn’t upset by a team that’s performed better for an entire season.

@DodgersNation Against 👎🏻. Almost half the league. No thanks. Why play 162? Shorten the season and get straight to the point. It’s a joke. That’s all. 👎🏻🙏🏻🤡⚾

The ever-positive Gail Johnson is ready for anything that will end MLB’s lockdown.

@DodgersNation I’m all for anything that gets major league baseball players back to work.

One fan simply accepted the inevitable that a 14-team playoff would come to fruition.

@DodgersNation Vs. However, I can tell you from experience as a former professional sports league employee that television rights deals are vital. I don’t want more games from a product standpoint, however, the revenue generated from extended playoffs is too much for ownership to pass up.

Let us know what you think of the idea of ​​MLB implementing a 14-team playoff format below!

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Yankees News: MLB postpones spring training again to March 8 https://nyrenegades.com/yankees-news-mlb-postpones-spring-training-again-to-march-8/ Sat, 26 Feb 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://nyrenegades.com/yankees-news-mlb-postpones-spring-training-again-to-march-8/ MLB | Marc Feinsand: About a week ago, MLB announced the postponement of spring training games until March 5. As CBA negotiations continue in Jupiter, Fla., the league has announced that exhibition games will not be played until March 8 at the earliest. Despite the approach of an agreement on a proposed amateur lottery after […]]]>

MLB | Marc Feinsand: About a week ago, MLB announced the postponement of spring training games until March 5. As CBA negotiations continue in Jupiter, Fla., the league has announced that exhibition games will not be played until March 8 at the earliest.

Despite the approach of an agreement on a proposed amateur lottery after a face-to-face meeting between MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and labor leader Tony Clark, progress on fundamental economic issues has been minimal and an agreement will not does not seem close to being concluded. They will meet today with the late February deadline looming to avoid regular season cancellations.

NJ Advance Media | mike rosenstein: MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reminded us of what we now know: that the Yankees “brought in Carlos Correa” before the lockout. He says, however, that “the probability is unclear because it looked like Seager was higher on the wish list, and Correa was looking for even more dollars than Seager got ($330 million to $325 million). dollar).”

One part is clear, however: there will be plenty of competitors for Correa’s services. Heyman listed the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers, San Francisco Giants, Cardinals of St. Louisand Boston Red Sox as potential suitors. Some of them will surely end up making a lot of noise for nothing, but someone is going to pay for the talented shortstop.

NJ Advance Media | Brendan Kuty: 2009 World Series champion Nick Swisher shared his thoughts on top shortstop prospect Anthony Volpe during an appearance on WFAN. “Everything this kid has, I’m in love,” he told Sweeny Murti. “His way of approaching the game. The way he’s just a little kid. The way he wants to improve every day. All of these things you’re talking about are absolutely brilliant.

Almost every prospect publication (including FanGraphs, Baseball America, and Baseball Prospectus) has listed Volpe as the Yankees’ top prospect and one of baseball’s top 20 young talents.

FanGraphs | Eric Longenhagen, Kevin Goldstein and Tess Taruskin: The folks at FanGraphs do a great job tracking and evaluating leads. They’ve already released their Top 100 list and their review of the Yankees’ best minor leaguers. However, another recent article focused on trying to determine which prospects can make the 2023 Top 100 list.

They named Trey Sweeney, Roderick Arias, Everson Pereira and Ken Waldichuk in their report, so it’s refreshing to know that the Yankees have more players who could be considered top 100 prospects in a year (apart from just Anthony Volpe, Oswald Peraza, and Jason Dominguez).

Of Sweeney, they said the team’s first 2021 draft pick “covers the whole plate and has enough power to be dangerous.”

New York Daily News | Deesha Thosar: The New York fooddespite having more openings in their throwing depth than in the roster, would have “saved” free agent first baseman and potential Yankees target Freddie Freeman before the lockout.

Freeman could be an option for the Yankees if they decide to spend big on a first sack, but there’s a bigger need for the shortstop. The 2020 NL MVP has hit 31 homers and scored 120 times in 2021.

It’s unclear if the Mets will pursue Freeman now after going on a pre-lockdown shopping spree late last year, but with Steve Cohen, you should never rule them out.

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Wrigley Field Historical Detective: 1970s Scoreboard Error Edition https://nyrenegades.com/wrigley-field-historical-detective-1970s-scoreboard-error-edition/ Tue, 22 Feb 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://nyrenegades.com/wrigley-field-historical-detective-1970s-scoreboard-error-edition/ This photo was sent to me by Steve Sher, BCB reader, from a photo album left by his mother. It’s a beautiful view of a time spent at Wrigley Field. Let’s look at what we see here. First, there are six flags on the NL standings yards on the scoreboard, so it must be 1969 […]]]>

This photo was sent to me by Steve Sher, BCB reader, from a photo album left by his mother.

It’s a beautiful view of a time spent at Wrigley Field.

Let’s look at what we see here. First, there are six flags on the NL standings yards on the scoreboard, so it must be 1969 or later. On the American League side of the table, you can see TORONTO, which dates it to 1977 or later. When Tribune Company bought the team, one of the first things they did was paint the red doors on the exterior walls a shade of aqua, so now we’re down to 1977-81.

The Cubs host the Cardinals. It’s almost certainly a weekday afternoon, as most games are listed as NITE GAME, although with a handful of daytime games listed, it could be a Saturday. It’s 12:05 p.m. and the outfielders are hanging out on the outfield, so it’s during batting practice. Weekday games at this time started at 1:35 a.m. and weekend games at 1:15 a.m. It’s clearly the peak of summer, with ivy on the walls, so we can eliminate any April or early May games from those five seasons.

The only match to match this, along with all the other matchups on the board, was on Saturday, July 9, 1977.

So what is the error?

The table lists ATLANTA/SAN FRANCISCO as a night game. It wasn’t, as you can see in this screenshot from today’s Tribune:

A small mistake, yes, but a mistake nonetheless.

As you can also see in this image, the Cubs were flying high going into this game with a 51-29 record, leading the NL East by four games. It was the year that many of us thought we had to make up for in 1969.

This was not the case. The Cubs lost that July 9, 1977 game 4-3. You see by the schedule that Cubs starter Steve Renko had no W/L record. He had missed much of the start of this season after having his thyroid removed. He didn’t pitch much, or well, for the Cubs and in August they traded him to the White Sox for Larry Anderson, a reliever who had never pitched in an MLB game for the Cubs. Anderson was traded to the Phillies a year later for Davey Johnson. Meanwhile, Renko recovered and pitched through 1983, posting some very good years for the Red Sox in 1979 and 1980.

The Cubs finished the first half of the season at 51-30. What could go wrong?

Everything, basically. They went 30-51 in the second half – the National League’s worst record – to finish just 0.500 away, and had to lose their last five games to get there.

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Ranking the best catchers in Mariners team history https://nyrenegades.com/ranking-the-best-catchers-in-mariners-team-history/ Sat, 05 Feb 2022 21:51:25 +0000 https://nyrenegades.com/ranking-the-best-catchers-in-mariners-team-history/ SEATTLE, USA: Amid a sea of ​​legs from teammates, Seattle Mariners wide receiver Dan Wilson displays Barry Bonds’ foul ball he caught sliding down the Seattle dugout step during of the third inning against the San Francisco Giants in Seattle WA, June 11, 1999. Seattle won 7-3. AFP PHOTO Dan Levine (Photo credit should read […]]]>

SEATTLE, USA: Amid a sea of ​​legs from teammates, Seattle Mariners wide receiver Dan Wilson displays Barry Bonds’ foul ball he caught sliding down the Seattle dugout step during of the third inning against the San Francisco Giants in Seattle WA, June 11, 1999. Seattle won 7-3. AFP PHOTO Dan Levine (Photo credit should read DAN LEVINE/AFP via Getty Images)

Without any baseball activity, we all have a bit more free time. Sure, we can chat with Baseball America about their prospect rankings, how they got it right (#1 farm system overall) and some wrong (Kirby not in the top 100) . We can also harass MLB Pipeline to get theirs out. You can skim through MLB trade rumors all you want…but not much active is happening. So what should Mariners fans do in the meantime?

Well… how about pulling every season of Mariners history from Fangraphs, adjusting the players to fit in one position (or UTIL if they really were), everything combine and take a look at where players line up WAR wise throughout the history of the Mariners franchise.

Yeah, that’s what I went ahead and did. It took a while, but I’m glad I have this document now, because it’s so much fun to watch. Especially when you see random names there that you completely forgot about.

So I will go through and watch the top players at each position based on FanGraphs WAR. I usually use Baseball-Reference, but Fangraphs makes it easy to extract franchise numbers. I’ll also be using WRC+, which stands for Weighted Runs Created, which you can get a solid explanation of from the Fangraphs themselves.

I thought about starting with the pitchers since they are “1” on the scorecard, but moved them to the end so I could save the best for last. We’ll go around the rest of the field in scorecard order, which means we start with the receivers.

There was a good fight for 5th place, and I thought it was interesting that Omar Narvaez almost got there. Even though he didn’t stay in Seattle very long, he still had an fWAR of 1.9. There are guys from the old days, like Bob Kearney, Bob Stinson and Tom Lampkin, but the Mariners just haven’t had that many great receivers in their history. So let’s jump in and see who takes the #5 spot.

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First Latino president of a professional baseball team hired by NoCo Owlz https://nyrenegades.com/first-latino-president-of-a-professional-baseball-team-hired-by-noco-owlz/ Thu, 03 Feb 2022 01:01:38 +0000 https://nyrenegades.com/first-latino-president-of-a-professional-baseball-team-hired-by-noco-owlz/ The first Latina president of a professional baseball team will move to Windsor, the Future Legends Complex announced Wednesday, on National Day of Girls and Women in Sport. Rosalind “Rosie” Aguilera will serve Future Legends as President of Pro Sports, overseeing the Northern Colorado Owlz and Northern Colorado Hailstorm Football Club. The club said Aguilera […]]]>

The first Latina president of a professional baseball team will move to Windsor, the Future Legends Complex announced Wednesday, on National Day of Girls and Women in Sport.

Rosalind “Rosie” Aguilera will serve Future Legends as President of Pro Sports, overseeing the Northern Colorado Owlz and Northern Colorado Hailstorm Football Club. The club said Aguilera would be the first Latina to lead a professional baseball organization, and that she is one of the few women to hold leadership positions.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me to take everything I’ve learned and apply it as an executive at a professional level,” Aguilera said in a statement. “It’s exciting to be part of new franchises and to build championship teams made up of players who are good humans on and off the pitch. I’m excited to be able to make an impact and lead the way to more. other women who might want to become executives in professional franchises.”

More recently, Aguilera founded the RV United Women’s Football Club in 2017 to help build self-esteem, physical fitness and academic achievement for girls and women in Cape Town, South Africa.

During her time with the program, Aguilera wrote grants, raised funds, managed the team’s budget, and worked with donors. She said time has taught her how to use money effectively.

Aguilera’s resume includes an internship with Grassroot Soccer in South Africa and a community affairs position with minor league baseball team San Rafael Pacifics for two seasons.

As a player, Aguilera served as the goalie for the University of California-Berkeley women’s soccer team for three seasons. She earned her bachelor’s degree in conservation and resource studies in 2010. Three years later, Aguilera earned her master’s degree in sports management from the University of San Francisco.

In this position, Aguilera will help guide the Future Legends teams, working to build a strong relationship with players and community members.

“Rosie is unique in that she has experience in football as a player and administrator, and in a professional baseball front office,” said Jeff Katofsky, co-founder of Future Legends Complex. “We are so lucky to have someone like Rosie, whose experience and, just as importantly, heart, will take Owlz and Hailstorm to such high levels of performance and fan experience.”

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The ZiPS Rankings Projected by Lockout: National League Edition https://nyrenegades.com/the-zips-rankings-projected-by-lockout-national-league-edition/ Tue, 01 Feb 2022 19:19:08 +0000 https://nyrenegades.com/the-zips-rankings-projected-by-lockout-national-league-edition/ © Albert Cesare / The Enquirer via Imagn Content Services, LLC As you may have noticed if you’ve been surfing FanGraphs while relaxing on the weekend – or recuperating after shoveling snow in the northeast – the ZiPS projections have now been populated in the projecting part of the construction site. There will be several […]]]>

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As you may have noticed if you’ve been surfing FanGraphs while relaxing on the weekend – or recuperating after shoveling snow in the northeast – the ZiPS projections have now been populated in the projecting part of the construction site.

There will be several updates to these projections this spring because, well, there’s a whole heap left over from the offseason, way more than usual when ZiPS hits the database. While I’m more cautiously optimistic than most of my colleagues about the future of the 2022 season, the baseball landscape right now is less about fans huddled around an abstract burning stove and more about death by death. warmth of the universe. With no MLBPA members signed, traded, or even recognized on official MLB channels, baseball has almost entered a state of thermodynamic equilibrium.

While this is bad for the game and anyone who loves it, it does at least make depth charts less volatile and provide a good opportunity to run mid-lockout leaderboards. These are obviously a far cry from the final preseason projections, but they do give some insight into where baseball is right now. Which teams are fit and which still have work to do?
Let’s forget the eternal emptiness that beckons us and come to some projections!

The methodology I use here is not identical to the one we use in our projected ranking, so naturally there will be significant differences in the results. So how does ZiPS calculate the season? First to 99th percentile projections are stored in ZiPS for each player they project. I start by creating a generalized depth chart, using our depth charts as an initial starting point. Since these are my curated screenings, I then make changes based on my personal feelings on who will receive playing time, filtered by arbitrary fantasy my logic and reasoning. ZiPS then generates one million versions of each team in Monte Carlo fashion. Computational algorithms, that is – nobody dresses in a tuxedo and plays baccarat like James Bond.

Once done, ZiPS applies another set of algorithms with a generalized injury risk distribution, which changes the selected base AP/IP for each player. It should be noted that the upper percentile projections already have more playing time than the lower percentile projections before this step. ZiPS then automatically “fills in” the playing time of the next players on the list (proportionally) to get a full list of appearances and innings. For example, here are two simulations of Texas Rangers shortstop results:

ZiPS Simulated Results (Texas Rangers SS)

The result is a million different rosters for each team and an associated winning percentage for each of those million teams. After applying the new strength of schedule calculations based on the other 29 teams, I’m left with the standings for each of the millions of seasons. It’s actually a lot less complex than it looks.

We’ll consider the National League today, with the American League to follow tomorrow. First up: the NL East.

ZiPS Projections – National League East

Team O L GB % Div % BATHROOM% Playoffs% WS Win%
Atlanta Braves 90 72 55.6% 49.1% 21.2% 70.3% 7.7%
New York food 88 74 2 54.3% 34.3% 24.4% 58.7% 5.6%
Philadelphia Phillies 82 80 8 50.6% 9.5% 14.0% 23.5% 1.7%
Miami Marlins 80 82 ten 49.4% 5.7% 10.1% 15.8% 1.0%
Washington nationals 75 87 15 46.3% 1.3% 3.0% 4.3% 0.2%

As I expected when discussing Atlanta projections, the Braves show up in ZiPS as a slight favorite, even with the built-in assumption that Freddie Freeman will go to free agency. His still likely return would put a few more games between the Braves and the Mets, though that return isn’t certain until there’s a signed contract to that effect. The Mets, meanwhile, have some holes in them, but they probably underperformed their abilities as a group in 2021 and are close enough that hopefully – I know, that’s not a typical phenomenon. of the Mets – they can catch the Braves, especially in the Freeman- less scenario.

The Marlins and Phillies project the same way, even though they are teams going in opposite directions. Miami’s pitching staff, especially the rotation, is already playoff-worthy. The offense is… not. But the Marlins have a long-term advantage that I’m not sure is there for the Phillies, a team that’s been content to just keep a .500ish roster together. The Marlins are still probably about a year away from making the Braves or Mets nervous about a stumble, but a 6% split chance isn’t a 0% chance.

The Nationals basically project themselves as a terrible team that benefits from the services of Juan Soto, which can make almost any team watchable. And in this case, it puts Washington just on the edge of playoff relevance if all goes well, rather than being a near-lost cause.

ZiPS Projections – Central National League

Team O L GB % Div % BATHROOM% Playoffs% WS Win%
Cardinals of St. Louis 89 73 54.9% 49.0% 16.6% 65.5% 6.8%
Milwaukee Brewers 88 74 1 54.3% 39.3% 18.4% 57.7% 5.5%
Cincinnati Reds 80 82 9 49.4% 8.5% 8.8% 17.3% 1.2%
Chicago Cubs 76 86 13 46.9% 3.0% 3.8% 6.8% 0.4%
Pittsburgh Pirates 68 94 21 42.0% 0.1% 0.2% 0.3% 0.0%

I’m actually slightly surprised the Cubs didn’t fare better in ZiPS’ predicted standings. Part of that is ZiPS being stronger on the Brewers rotation than I initially expected and part is the lockdown preventing the Reds from blowing their rotation. The Cardinals once again project themselves into that magical 88-92 winning zone they always seem to occupy, but the Brewers could have more of an advantage due to the presence of three starting pitchers who could be in the conversation of Cy Young. It also makes Milwaukee a dangerous October foe. ZiPS really like Aaron Ashby and if the Brewers commit to using him in the rotation (I don’t expect them to), they could catch St. Louis in the forecast.

St. Louis’s throwing isn’t quite as impressive, but ZiPS likes offense and defense enough to get the Cardinals the No. 1 spot. The Cubs still have holes, some of which likely won’t be addressed when the offseason resumes. Pirates don’t have much going for them in 2022 after Bryan Reynolds and Ke’Bryan Hayesbut they at least avoid the ignominy of a playoff probability that rounds to zero.

ZiPS Projections – National League West

Team O L GB % Div % BATHROOM% Playoffs% WS Win%
Los Angeles Dodgers 94 68 58.0% 63.7% 24.2% 87.9% 12.2%
San Diego Padres 90 72 4 55.6% 31.9% 38.5% 70.4% 6.9%
San Francisco Giants 81 81 13 50.0% 4.2% 15.5% 19.7% 1.2%
Arizona Diamonds 72 90 22 44.4% 0.2% 1.3% 1.5% 0.1%
Colorado Rockies 66 96 28 40.7% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0%

What particularly interests me is the relative weakness of the Dodgers and Padres compared to last year’s projections. Yes, both plan to remain great teams, but both have roster questions that have yet to be resolved this offseason. Los Angeles’ rotation looks more shaky than it has in years and unlike seasons past, there are plenty of scenarios projected in which it becomes an unimpressive group, at least enough to bring down the Dodgers in the peloton and sometimes even out of the playoffs. ZiPS remains bullish on San Diego’s pitching, but the team has real needs at first base, left field, right field and, assuming the next CBA works out as we expect, designated hitter. The team can still approach these positions, but that hasn’t happened yet.

Some may complain about Giants projection, but losing Buster Posey cuts some wins on the team’s prospects, just like Kevin Gausmandeparture to the vast cornfields of Canada. Alex Cobb was pretty solid for the Angels in 2021, but his health history is troubling. Like the Red Sox’s projection for the 2021 season, ZiPS sees a lot of variability in rotation based on health, enough to make the team more volatile overall than it otherwise would be.

The Diamondbacks plan to have a better season than 2021 is just regression to the mean. The good news for the Rockies is that they have almost no star players left to alienate, then trade or simply let walk with little or no compensation. I let you imagine what the bad news is.

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Longtime Giants coach Ron Wotus remains with the team as a special assistant https://nyrenegades.com/longtime-giants-coach-ron-wotus-remains-with-the-team-as-a-special-assistant/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 05:06:22 +0000 https://nyrenegades.com/longtime-giants-coach-ron-wotus-remains-with-the-team-as-a-special-assistant/ The longest-serving coach in Giants history has promised he won’t go away, and the organization made it official on Wednesday. The Giants announced that Ron Wotus will remain with the organization as Special Assistant in Baseball Operations in 2022, his 35th year with the organization. Wotus announced last August that he would be stepping down […]]]>

The longest-serving coach in Giants history has promised he won’t go away, and the organization made it official on Wednesday.

The Giants announced that Ron Wotus will remain with the organization as Special Assistant in Baseball Operations in 2022, his 35th year with the organization.

Wotus announced last August that he would be stepping down as third baseman coach, but he said at the time that he wanted to stay with the organization in some capacity. Both Farhan Zaidi and Gabe Kapler have said they want Wotus to continue working with players and coaches and will find a role for him.

The new work is in some ways similar to the old one. Wotus, 60, will serve as a mentor to the coaching staff — a big reason Kapler brought him back when he took over in 2019 — and will also work with major and minor league players. He will work with minor league coaches and provide on-field instruction at all levels.

The plan is for Wotus to attend spring training (whenever it starts) and also visit minor league affiliates during the season. As a former minor league manager, as well as an on-field coach who has worked with players like Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt and Joe Panik, Wotus should be able to make a particularly big impact at the minor league level.

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Wotus spent 24 seasons on the big league coaching staff at San Francisco and worked for four different managers. He was the sole survivor when Kapler appointed his new staff, taking the job as third base coach at a time when he was considering jobs with the Mets and Cubs.

Wotus interviewed several times for management positions but always ended up in San Francisco, where he won three titles and worked for Kapler, Bruce Bochy, Felipe Alou and Dusty Baker.

“I wouldn’t have it any other way, honestly,” he said in August. “A few times I didn’t know if I would be back and I also had the opportunity to leave, but my heart was always with the Giants. I think it’s special. I’m quite loyal as a individual and I think it’s much more rewarding to be with one organization.”

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Colorado Rockies announce coaching staffs for Arizona Complex League and Dominican Summer League https://nyrenegades.com/colorado-rockies-announce-coaching-staffs-for-arizona-complex-league-and-dominican-summer-league/ Thu, 27 Jan 2022 20:15:40 +0000 https://nyrenegades.com/colorado-rockies-announce-coaching-staffs-for-arizona-complex-league-and-dominican-summer-league/ DENVER- The Colorado Rockies today announced the coaching staff for their Arizona Complex League and Dominican Summer League clubs. The Arizona Complex League club will be managed by Manager Fred Ocasio with Cesar Galvez serving as a bench trainer, David Burba and Helmis Rodriguez serving as pitching coaches and Trevor Burmeister returning as batting coach. […]]]>

DENVER- The Colorado Rockies today announced the coaching staff for their Arizona Complex League and Dominican Summer League clubs.

The Arizona Complex League club will be managed by Manager Fred Ocasio with Cesar Galvez serving as a bench trainer, David Burba and Helmis Rodriguez serving as pitching coaches and Trevor Burmeister returning as batting coach.

In the Dominican Summer League, Mauricio Gonzalez and Eugenio Jose each returns as manager of the Rockies’ two DSL clubs. Joining them will be Pitching Coach Sam Deduno, Strike Coach Florentino Nunez and hitting coach Felix Rosario.

Opportunity is returning to a leadership role after serving as development supervisor for High-A Spokane in 2021 and development supervisor for Short-Season Boise in 2019. His last stint in leadership came with High-A Lancaster/Modesto, where he directed from 2015-18. Entering his 26th season with the Rockies organization, Ocasio also served as manager of Low-A Asheville (2013-14), manager of Short-Season Tri-City (2006-12), batting coach for Tri-City (2001 – 05), hitting coach for High-A Salem (2000) and hitting coach at Rookie Level Tucson (1998-99). His managerial record includes a championship with Asheville in 2014 and three trips to the Northwest League Championship with Tri-City. The former infielder spent two years as a player in the Rockies organization from 1994 to 1995 before becoming a coach.

Galvez enters the role of bench coach with the ACL Rockies after coaching with Double-A Hartford in 2021, his sixth year as a coach. Prior to his time at Hartford, Galvez spent three seasons (2017-19) as a coach with Short-Season Boise and was named to manage Boise in 2020 before the Minor League season was canceled. Galvez spent seven seasons as an infielder in the Rockies’ minor league system from 2010 to 2016, reaching the Triple-A level.

Bourba returns as one of the ACL Rockies pitching coaches, his 12th season as a pitching coach in the Rockies farm system. Prior to joining the ACL club, Burba spent the 2018-19 seasons as High-A Lancaster pitching coach, following three seasons with Double-A Hartford/New Britain (2015-17). He also spent time as a pitching coach at High-A Modesto (2013-14) after beginning his coaching career with Short-Season Tri-City (2011-12). Burba made the transition to coaching after 19 seasons as a pitcher in professional baseball, including 15 major league seasons with Seattle (1990-91), San Francisco (1992-95, 2004), Cincinnati (1995- 97), Cleveland (1998-2002), Texas (2002) and Milwaukee (2003-04).

Rodriguez also returns as a pitching coach with the ACL Rockies, his fifth season as a pitching coach with the Rockies organization. Before joining the ACL club in 2021, Rodriguez served three seasons as a pitching coach in the Dominican Summer League. He was originally signed by the Rockies as a player at age 16 in 2010, playing seven seasons with the Rockies organization from 2011 to 2017.

burmeister is entering his third season with the Rockies organization, his second as a batting coach with the Complex League Rockies. He was originally hired as a hitting coach for Rookie Level Grand Junction ahead of the canceled 2020 season. Prior to joining the Rockies, he was an assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator for Madison College (2016-19) and an assistant baseball coach for the University of Minnesota Duluth (2015-16).

González is entering his 23rd season as manager of the Dominican Summer League team of the Rockies. In addition to his managerial role, he also oversees all aspects of fieldwork and fundamentals for DSL clubs and the resort. Before becoming a coach, Gonzalez spent five seasons as a minor league player with Oakland (1989), Colorado (1992-95) and Cleveland (1996), as well as two seasons in Taiwan and Italy (1996-97). .

Jose is entering his 17th season with the Rockies, his third as second-team DSL Rockies manager. Previously, he served 14 seasons as a batting coach in the DSL. In addition to his managerial duties, he also works in various areas of player development. A former professional player who originally signed with the Rockies in 1999, Jose played in the Rockies’ minor league system for three years.

Deduno is entering his third season as a pitching coach with the Rockies after joining the club before the canceled 2020 season. Deduno entered the coaching ranks after a professional pitching career that included Major League stints with Colorado (2010), San Diego (2011), Minnesota (2012-14) and Houston (2014-15).

Nunez enters his 15th season with the Rockies, while coaching in the Dominican Summer League. The former Rockies minor league player (2001-06) works with players in all areas of defense, base running and hitting.

Rosario will serve as batting coach for DSL clubs for the third season. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Rosario played in the Puerto Rican semi-professional leagues for 12 years and was the travel manager for the Puerto Rico team during the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He also worked for the program Major League Baseball’s after-school program for kids ages 14-18, where he coordinated tryouts and games and recruited coaches.

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