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Rockies release Murton to pursue career in Japan — 3:21 p.m.

Outfielder Matt Murton was released by the Rockies in a move designed to allow Murton to sign with a Japanese team. Murton figured in the Rockies' plans as a backup right-handed-hitting outfielder in case they dealt Ryan Spilborghs.

When the opportunity arose in Japan, however, the Rockies agreed to allow Murton to go because of the salary he can command in that country.

The Rockies are reconsidering keeping Spilborghs, who is a first-time arbitration eligible player, but also have made inquiries on Milwaukee outfielder Corey Hart as an option of they do trade Spilborghs. -- Tracy Ringolsby

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/10475170

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Actually, I believe davearm said he and Markakis were comparable players (after Markakis' first or second season, can't remember which) and we were homers to think otherwise...

They both put up .850ish OPS in the minors. They both put up .800ish OPS in their first years both in 2006. They have somewhat similar builds. Granted Markakis was two years younger and a better defender, I don't see why it's a ridiculous statement unless you had a time machine.

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They both put up .850ish OPS in the minors. They both put up .800ish OPS in their first years both in 2006. They have somewhat similar builds. Granted Markakis was two years younger and a better defender, I don't see why it's a ridiculous statement unless you had a time machine.

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They both put up .850ish OPS in the minors. They both put up .800ish OPS in their first years both in 2006. They have somewhat similar builds. Granted Markakis was two years younger and a better defender, I don't see why it's a ridiculous statement unless you had a time machine.

If you look at similar rookies, one set 22, the other 24, you'll probably find that (on average) the 22-year-olds end up with career totals twice what the 24-year-olds do. Bill James did a study of exactly this type of thing in the 1987 Baseball Abstract, and found that even small differences (a year or two) in age lead to exponential changes in likely outcomes.

That doesn't completely explain how Markakis has become one of the better right fielders in baseball and Murton is going to Japan, but it certainly pointed to Markakis being a much better bet for success.

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If you look at similar rookies, one set 22, the other 24, you'll probably find that (on average) the 22-year-olds end up with career totals twice what the 24-year-olds do. Bill James did a study of exactly this type of thing in the 1987 Baseball Abstract, and found that even small differences (a year or two) in age lead to exponential changes in likely outcomes.

That doesn't completely explain how Markakis has become one of the better right fielders in baseball and Murton is going to Japan, but it certainly pointed to Markakis being a much better bet for success.

That sounds like an interesting read. Did he come to any conclusions on why there was such a correlation?

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If you look at similar rookies, one set 22, the other 24, you'll probably find that (on average) the 22-year-olds end up with career totals twice what the 24-year-olds do. Bill James did a study of exactly this type of thing in the 1987 Baseball Abstract, and found that even small differences (a year or two) in age lead to exponential changes in likely outcomes.

That doesn't completely explain how Markakis has become one of the better right fielders in baseball and Murton is going to Japan, but it certainly pointed to Markakis being a much better bet for success.

That's definitely interesting stuff; surprising to a degree.

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Rockies release Murton to pursue career in Japan — 3:21 p.m.

Outfielder Matt Murton was released by the Rockies in a move designed to allow Murton to sign with a Japanese team. Murton figured in the Rockies' plans as a backup right-handed-hitting outfielder in case they dealt Ryan Spilborghs.

When the opportunity arose in Japan, however, the Rockies agreed to allow Murton to go because of the salary he can command in that country.

The Rockies are reconsidering keeping Spilborghs, who is a first-time arbitration eligible player, but also have made inquiries on Milwaukee outfielder Corey Hart as an option of they do trade Spilborghs. -- Tracy Ringolsby

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/10475170

Shouldn't it be sayonara?

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