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The Truth About Pitching

May 26th, 2008

I was recently reading an article on how pitchers in fantasy baseball are severely undervalued. It says that fantasy experts suggest spending spending a minimum of 60% of your money on hitting, and a maximum of 40% of it on pitching even though pitching counts for exactly half of the scoring. (If your in a league that does not draft with dollars, but in a serpentine form then take this non-literally)

In most leagues 14 hitters and only 9 pitchers count towards the scoring but this is because you need 8 positions to fill and usually some utility. Simple math shows you have 55% more hitters to produce your offensive stats. The actual ratio of players who are hitters to players who are pitchers is 61:39, so perhaps this is why experts give more money to hitting, but why? This line of reasoning is completely wrong. Since there are fewer pitchers and 50% of the scoring comes from pitching, the average price of pitchers should be more than the average price of hitters.

Some common argument you hear for hitters over pitchers

•You need to draft more hitters than pitchers

So what? You can still divide your money fairly equally between them just spend a little less per hitter than per pitcher.

•Pitching performance is less predictable than hitter performance

This could be true if you were comparing the average pitcher to the average hitter, but if you draft a quality pitcher wouldn’t you be able to predict quite accurately how well they will perform. In addition some pitching categories are easier to predict than hitting categories. If he stays healthy, wouldn’t you expect Johan Santana to get alot of strikeouts?

•Pitchers get injured more than hitters do

Actually this is not true, in a study done in 2001 by Stan Conte, it states that an average pitcher has a 23.7% chance to go on the DL. A hitter on the other hand has a 27.9% chance of going on the DL. Of all those hitters the shortstop is the most likely to go on the DL with a whopping 38.4% chance!

Also when pitchers do go on the DL they tend to stay on it longer with an average of 16.6 days on the DL and conversely the hitter stays on it an average of 13.9 days.

The last thing I want to talk about strays a little bit off the topic of this page but when your trying to decide between a great starting pitcher or a great closer take the starting pitcher. For example if your staff needs a total of 7 pitchers, 4 starters, and 3 closers. If you have one great starter, 220 innings pitched and a 2.25 ERA and the rest of your staff are average, (average for starters being 220 innings pitched and a 4.00 ERA, and average for closers being 70 IP and a 3.50 ERA), then you will have a total of 430 ER, 1090 IP, and a 3.55 ERA. If you have a superior closer and the rest of your staff is average then you will have a total of 462 ER, 1090 IP, and a 3.81 ERA. Now obviously you realize the big difference in ERA but also notice the 32 ER difference, how will you make that up?

And just to highlight the importance of having a great starter even more, if you have 3 superior relievers and 4 average starters your totals will be 439 ER, 1090 IP, and 3.62 ERA. Now, superior starters can help more in wins, strikeouts, ERA, and WHIP but if your hurting in saves then choose the closer.

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Florida Baseball Spring Training

April 14th, 2008

Florida is a beautiful city in America and a perfect place for base ball spring training. It is located in the south eastern region of the United States and is home for some of the major Base ball Teams. Climate of Florida is well regulated because of its proximity to water. This “Sunshine State” is known for its lightning and it is also known as lightning capital of United States. Afternoon thunderstorms are also common in Florida; precipitation is also higher in some parts of the Florida. Spring climate is ideal for baseball training. Florida baseball Spring training is a right choice for you during spring. Spring in Florida is composed of hot and wet climatic conditions.

Base Ball is known as the Americans favorite past time sport. It has fans from all over the world. The first base ball league outside Canada and United States was formed in Cuba and was founded in 1878. It remained as a strong opponent right from 1930 since international play began. A team can be strong with good guidance and training which can be obtained at Florida baseball spring training camps. Florida baseball Spring training camps makes you compete with international teams. A by product can be obtained by right mixture of talent and training which is imparted by Florida baseball Spring training camps. Florida can be rightly said as the traditional home of the MLB (Major League Baseball’s spring training) and almost 2/3rd (MLB) people have their spring training in Florida. Florida State has two Major league Baseball teams. It also hosts minor league baseball championships. Florida baseball spring training camps have immense experience backing them up which can definitely assist you in long term. Florida Marlins and Tampa bay rays are two home teams of Florida. Dolphin stadium is the home of Florida marlins whereas Tropicana Field is the home of Tampa bay rays.

Teams are informally organized into Grape fruit league. During spring training Florida hosts the following major league teams. These are the following clubs located in Florida for Florida baseball Spring training Atlanta Braves is located in Walt Disney world; Baltimore Orioles is located in Fort Lauderdale, Boston Red Sox located in Fort Myers, Cincinnati Reds located in Sarasota, Cleveland Indians located in Winter Haven, Detroit Tigers located in Lakeland, Florida marlins located in Jupiter, Houston Astros located in Kissimmee, Minnesota Twins located in Fort Myers, New York Mets located in Port St. Lucie, New York Yankees located in Tampa, Philadelphia Phillies located in Clear water, Pittsburgh pirates located in Bradenton, Saint Louis Cardinals located in Jupiter, Toronto Blue Jays located in Dunedin and finally Washington Nationals located in Viera. These are some of the Florida baseball Spring training camps located in Florida.

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A-Rod, Santana Deals Paid For With Your Cash - Still Like The Deals?

March 13th, 2008

The New York Yankees and New York Mets signed Alex Rodriguez and Johan Santana this off-season, respectively, to huge contracts that will make each superstar rich beyond any of our wildest dreams. The reality is, the New York Yankees and New York Mets will not make them rich-you will! Still like your team’s deal?

It is not just the New York Yankees and New York Mets. Any of your favorite baseball teams paying for high-priced baseball talent, this story is about your team, and the effect of these huge salaries on your wallet.

To read about the contract of a Johan Santana, Alex Rodriguez or any other big-money baseball player, is on the surface to say, “Great, my team made a big move. At least it’s not my money.” Whoa, not so fast. The reality is that it is your money. How? Any time you pay for a ticket to the game where the price has increased, you help pay their salary. Any time you sip from the cup of beer at the game where price have gone up, you help pay their salary. Any time you bite into the hot dog at the game where prices have increased, you help pay their salary.

Is it fair for a baseball player or star athlete to make exponentially more money than a teacher, a repairman or anyone else that helps us live our lives in a more immediate manner? Fair, my friends, has nothing to do with it. Economics 101-the law of supply and demand. The fair value of something is the exact amount that someone is willing to pay for it.

Alex Rodriguez and Johan Santana are merely playing the system for what it is worth, getting the most money from the New York Yankees and New York Mets that their agents can draw.

In reality, we would do the same whether we openly admit it or not. When we go into our reviews at work, we look to improve our state, and deservedly so. We work hard, are loyal, and have only so many opportunities to reap any kind of reward.

MLB, its Owners, its players and machinery are out for one thing and only one thing above all else. That is, to make money for itself and its players. How does it do this? By getting money from its fans.

So the New York Yankees signed Alex Rodriguez to a long-term, huge contract. Better believe that your ticket prices, beer, hot dogs, gear and cable bill are headed North accordingly. So, in the end, it is you that pays Alex Rodriguez, or Johan Santana, or whichever high-priced star happens to play at your favorite stadium.

As a New York Yankees fan, New York Mets fan, Los Angeles Dodgers fan or wherever, you want your team to win. To win, you have to pay high-priced players. The question is whether you mind paying more for a better product?

When you buy a television, you expect to pay more for a better brand than Joe Schmo’s TV brand. We don’t think of it in those terms but it is the way that it is when you the fan shell out money to be a part of sports. You want to follow a competitive team? Then you will shell out the bucks, out of your own pocket, to compensate your favorite team in return for a better product. Fair? Fair has nothing to do with it…never does.

Fans of MLB do have a choice, and the power, to put the brakes on high-priced contracts, such as Alex Rodriguez and Johan Santana’s. The reality though, is a stark one for true fans. The answer is to stop paying.

The New York Yankees, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and every other MLB team pays attention to one thing and one thing only-how much cash is rolling in.

Stop following the Los Angeles Dodgers or Boston Red Sox with your wallet, and there will be less to pay the players. Less to pay the players, the less salaries will be. Less fannies in seats, the lower ticket prices will become. Supply and demand.

The reality however, is that MLB knows this will never happen. In the wake of strikes, steroid scandals and such, MLB still enjoys record attendance throughout the United States. As a MLB fan, you cannot have it all. If you want to follow MLB, be ready to pony up cash. The closer you want to follow, the more cash you will need.

Alex Rodriguez, Johan Santana and the others do not care about how much you have to pay. They care about how much they can make during a limited MLB career. It is a Catch-22, but fans will continue to come, continue to pay, continue to harbor some resentment.

MLB fans-the reality is this is the going rate to have access to the Boston Red Sox, New York Mets or whichever team you follow. You cannot have everything. You can have your favorite team, on a competitive level which is expensive, but in the end it will be your cash bankrolling the winning, creating the competitive atmosphere that you are then able to follow. Is it worth it? Only you can decide for yourself. Until now, the answer among MLB faithful is a resounding, yes.