Free blog weekend: K’s, drafts, manager criteria and more
It’s Friday and there won’t be any baseball today. Nada. America’s past time returns Tuesday with the Royals and Giants in the World Series. If you believe some predictions, two years from now, it will be the Astros and another National League team starting the best of seven MLB championship.
By the way, tune in Monday. I’ll have something for your debate and discussion that I guarantee will bring out your opinions. I’m guessing even those who haven’t commented in some time — or never — will want to chime in. Monday.
As for today, here are a few thoughts to kick off our Free Blog Weekend.
You think the Astros’ drafts have been bad?
- When Andrew Friedman went from one of the poorest MLB teams (Rays) to one of the richest (Dodgers), I took a look at how he had built the Tampa Bay organization. If you’d admit it, you’d say they built through the draft and that the team was generally successful in the draft. Right? Years ago, yes. Lately, no. In fact, no one drafted by the Rays has reached the majors from the last four drafts. You have to go back to 2010 to find four players (no names at that) who have spent any time in the majors. 2009? Two more players, both with negative WAR. 2008? Tim Beckham and Kyle Lobstein. Go all the way back to 2007 and you find David Price and Matt Moore, but only three others who’ve had a cup of coffee or two. Who’d have guessed?
Rangers’ measuring stick for manager hiring.
Don’t just stand there!
- Have to agree with Bill Chuck. Like I used to tell my players: “If you have two strikes, you better be swinging if it’s close!” These stats are telling. Very telling. Apparently, Robbie Grossman was among the leaders in taking a called third strike. And, more importantly, apparently the Astros were last in the majors — not just the AL — in taking a called third strike. These stats speak for themselves, but you may have more to say about them.
That catcher thing is catching on.
- With the recent hirings of A.J. Hinch (Astros) and Jeff Banister (Rangers), 12 — count ’em 12! — former catchers are now serving as managers of major league baseball teams. Joe Girardi (Yankees), Mike Scioscia (Angels), Brad Ausmus (Tigers), Joe Maddon (Rays), Bruce Bochy (Giants), Bob Melvin (A’s), Ned Yost (Royals), Fredi Gonzalez (Braves), Mike Matheny (Cardinals), Mike Redmond (Marlins).
And your questions for the weekend conversation.