Baseball needs a new look for the High Def Era

On October 22, 2017, the Falcons  played the Patriots in what should have been an ordinary NFL game.  Except mother nature intervened with fog so thick, that NBC was forced to scrap its traditional broadcast angles.  Instead, NBC used the SkyCam angle almost exclusively for most of the game.  And it was better!  SkyCam mimics the view seen by the quarterback.  It shows rushing lanes … Continue reading Baseball needs a new look for the High Def Era

Educating the Hall of Fame

Today Joe Morgan went on record imploring the Hall of Fame not enshrine steroid users.  Yet again, the smoldering debate whether “cheaters” like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens belong in the Hall of Fame is rekindled.  I expect the discussion will, once again, soon expand to include Pete Rose and his exclusion.  The debates center on whether the Hall of Fame the moral authority to … Continue reading Educating the Hall of Fame

Why Cubs fans feel depressed this offseason

You may feel the malaise.  A sense that things are going wrong for the Cubs.  It seems vaguely puzzling.  Yes the Cubs played under .500 until July.  Yet the Cubs also posted baseball’s best record in the second half.  We added Quintana.  Albert Almora emerged.  We beat the Nationals in the NLDS.  Why are we so glum? Because we can’t win this offseason. Since 2014, … Continue reading Why Cubs fans feel depressed this offseason

Can the Cubs Afford Bryce Harper?

In response to recent trade rumors, I already explained why a free-agent-centric approach this offseason would be smarter.  But would buying a pitching staff this offseason preclude the Cubs from signing Bryce Harper (or others) next year?  After crunching the numbers, I can confidently say the Cubs can spend to the Cap in 2018 and still afford Harper. Harper is expected to command $40-50m per year, … Continue reading Can the Cubs Afford Bryce Harper?

Cubs’ Conventional Wisdom is Stupid

Over the past week a conventional wisdom has formed regarding the Cubs offseason plans.  To bulletpoint: The Cubs plan on acquiring two new starting pitchers (and three relievers) The Cubs will trade from the major league roster to acquire one of those starters or relievers. Both of these premises are ill-conceived for the following reasons.  First, acquiring a second starter should be viewed as an … Continue reading Cubs’ Conventional Wisdom is Stupid

Thinking outside the box: Playoff Managers.

Of the six division winners in baseball, two have already fired their managers: the Nationals and Red Sox.  In both cases, the managers succeeded admirably in their primary duty, having each won back-to-back division titles.  Yet each was fired, presumably for poor post-season performance.  Both teams seem to be throwing the baby out with the bathwater.  It is, after all, far more important to have … Continue reading Thinking outside the box: Playoff Managers.

Grading Cubs’ Free Agent Signings 2015-17

This is the second in a two-part series grading the performance of the Cubs front office during the current window of contention.  In the first, I analyzed every trade made from the 2014/15 offseason through today.  Now I look at the free agent signings.  Ignoring anyone paid league minimum, the Cubs have signed the following free agents since the conclusion of the 2014 season. 2015: … Continue reading Grading Cubs’ Free Agent Signings 2015-17

Grading Cubs’ trades from 2015-2017

With the 2017 season behind us, this blog returns to its raison d’etre, providing useful offseason information about the Cubs.  As we look forward to trades and free agent signings, I thought it might be interesting to look back at the Cubs’ success in those two areas in recent years.  Today, we grade the Cubs’ recent trades.  Tomorrow, the free agent signings. Most baseball trades involve … Continue reading Grading Cubs’ trades from 2015-2017

Updated: Extending Jake Arrieta Would not Save the Cubs $65m

IMPORTANT UPDATE:  I have recently learned that I was in error on a critical point, which renders this entire article inaccurate.  I erroneously believed that “unlike true salary cap sports like the NHL and NBA, baseball does not average salaries over the length of contract for Cap calculations.”  However, upon closer reading of the CBA, I now realize that baseball also averages salaries for Cap … Continue reading Updated: Extending Jake Arrieta Would not Save the Cubs $65m