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  1. This says it all for me: https://tht.fangraphs.com/tht-live/remembering-gus-triandos/
  2. https://www.rosterresource.com/mlb-baltimore-orioles Per Roster Resource, Dwight Smith has 1 option remaining.
  3. Thanks for your response. You are the embodiment of an Orioles fan (fanatic). 😃 I appreciate your devotion to the O's and your contributions to my entertainment on this board.
  4. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/immoral immoral[ ih-mawr-uhl, ih-mor- ] adjective 1. violating moral principles; not conforming to the patterns of conduct usually accepted or established as consistent with principles of personal and social ethics. 2. licentious or lascivious. ==================================================================================== Really? atomic name; message board participant identifier 1. Over-the-top 😁
  5. Predecessor of St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Browns 1897 29-102-2 .221 St. Louis Browns 1898 39-111-4 .260 Predecessor of Oakland Athletics Philadelphia Athletics 1915 43-109-2 .283 Philadelphia Athletics 1916 36-117-1 .235 Philadelphia Athletics 1919 36-104-0 .257 Philadelphia Athletics 1920 48-106-2 .312 Predecessor of Minnesota Twins Washington Senators 1903 43-94-3 .314 Washington Senators 1904 38-113-6 .252
  6. OK -- your source was current; mine was not. The rule was modified as of 2019. Thanks https://registration.mlbpa.org/pdf/MajorLeagueRules.pdf Per Rule 10(c): (3) Assignment of Player. If a waiver claim is made, the contract shall be assigned in the following manner: (A) If only one claim is entered, assignment shall be made to that claiming Club. (B) If more than one Club makes a claim, assignment shall be to the Club with the lowest winning percentage among the claiming Clubs, without regard to the League of the claiming Clubs. During the first 30 days of a championship season (as determined by the date of the first game scheduled for either Major League in that season, excluding international openers), percentages of games won at the close of the preceding championship season, without regard to post-season results, shall be used instead of the current championship season percentages of games won. At all other times during the championship season, percentages of games won shall be based on the result of play through the date prior to the expiration of the claiming period. During the off-season, the final percentages of games won at the close of the last preceding championship season shall control, without regard to post-season results. If two or more claiming Clubs are tied with the lowest percentage of games won, the Commissioner or the Commissioner’s designee shall make the award (i) to the tied Club that is in the same League as the Club making the waiver request; or, (ii) if the tied Clubs are in the same League, then to the tied Club with the lower percentage of games won at the close of the prior championship season, without regard to post-season results. If the tied Clubs had an identical percentage of games won at the close of the preceding championship season, the award shall be made to the tied Club with the lower percentage of games won in the next prior championship season, without regard to post-season results, with any remaining ties resolved by continuing to examine the tied Clubs’ respective championship season winning percentages in each preceding prior year, until the tie is broken
  7. Per Rob Neyer, here are the rules on "waiver priority": "....If the club doesn't withdraw the waiver request, the player's contract is assigned in the following manner: (A) If only one claim is entered, the player's contract is assigned to that claiming club. (B) If more than one club in the same league makes claims, the club currently lower in the standings gets the player. (C) If clubs in both leagues claim the player, preference shall always go to the club in the same league as the club requesting waivers. There are other, more esoteric rules involved here. For example, during the first 30 days of the season, the previous season's final standings are used to determine claim order, rather than the current standings....." http://assets.espn.go.com/mlb/s/transanctionsprimer.html
  8. Luke-OH: Thanks for posting this and your data source. I really appreciate the time and effort that you have expended in responding to my post. Just to confirm: The zone chart depicted is from the catcher's perspective? I'd like to gain some familiarity with the Statcast search facility so that I can follow your conclusions but it appears here that you have provided useful data to support your belief that "....velocity is the single biggest predictor of (pitching) success....." Thanks again for responding to my posts.
  9. Of course, this issue is the "all else being equal" Gordian Knot when all else is never "equal"; but, that's a problem for the statistical elite. However, an "intelligent discussion" with no conclusive "winner" can enlighten all participants and spectators. I appreciate you contributions.
  10. Perhaps, when the "command" gun is invented or if/when the feature is added to Trackman/FlightScope/PitchGrader/RevFire by Rapsodo, etc., statistical analysis will demonstrate conclusively that overall pitch command is more important than velocity. For now, it's sort of like belief systems where some "think" that if we don't/can't measure it isn't true and some "conclude" it's only true if it's in the current baseball bible.
  11. Thanks for responding. I am not disputing that velocity can be integral to some pitchers' success. However, I believe that the most significant element in consistent pitching effectiveness at the MLB level is command. Of course, this is the "all else being equal" Gordian Knot when all else is never "equal"; but, that's a problem for the statistical elite. The charts that you presented show that effectiveness increases with velocity. Can command be measured precisely and graphically rendered? Perhaps, if it could and similarly depicted, it would slope more sharply than velocity. Further, those charts do not isolate for velocity. That is, there is no normalization for other pitching success factors. I understand that, for pitching evaluation purposes, fans will look to those characteristics that are currently being measured -- velocity, spin rate, movement, even pace. I would hope that studious professional evaluators (and pitching coaches and trainers) would be attentive to the long arc of MLB history and emphasize precise command as the most impactful contributor to pitching effectiveness. I welcome any further contributions to this discussion.
  12. Luke-OH: When you have time, I'd appreciate it if you would post that "hard data" that demonstrates that velocity is the most important characteristic in determining the effectiveness of an MLB pitcher. Thanks. I believe that a pitcher with premium velocity (currently, 98+ mph) would require better than average command in order to be successful while a pitcher with less than average velocity (92.5 mph?) but premium command would be successful. I also believe that a pitcher with less than average velocity, better than average command and premium pitch movement would outperform a pitcher with premium velocity, average command and average pitch movement. Here's Miguel Castro's current zone chart: http://www.brooksbaseball.net/profile.php?player=612434&balls=-1&strikes=-1&b_hand=-1&time=month&minmax=ci&var=count&s_type=2&gFilt=allmlb&pFilt=FA|SI|FC|CU|SL|CS|KN|CH|FS|SB&startDate=01/01/2019&endDate=01/01/2020
  13. Are you being facetious? or like most of the current Oriole pitching staff, mistakenly conflating control with command?
  14. That's all true and a point well-made, but I will point out that the charts do show the percentage of pitches in the middle/middle, middle up and middle down of the plate. Staying out of those locations while throwing strikes and near-strikes to the 4 corners is the essence of command and essential to pitcher effectiveness.
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